Foam roller exercises, also called myofascial release, are a form of massage that help loosen up sore muscles and tight joints and aid in muscle recovery.
Here are 5 great reasons you should incorporate foam rolling into your fitness routine:
1. Improved Flexibility and Range of Motion
Foam roller exercises before an activity can increase flexibility and range of motion prior to a workout, making your workout more enjoyable and safer!
2. Stress Reduction
Foam roller exercises can help reduce stress post-workout. They may help lower cortisol levels in the body, the stress hormone!
3. Better Circulation
Great circulation is crucial to overall health. Myofascial release helps improve circulation by breaking up the tight areas where blood flow may have become restricted.
4. Reduce Exercise Related Soreness
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the pain and stiffness in your muscles that typically sets in anywhere from 24-48 hours after a workout. Foam rolling can substantially reduce the risk of DOMS so you don’t spend the next few days after a workout wondering why your muscles feel like concrete!
5. Prevent Injury
A consistent routine of proper stretching helps prevent injury, and foam roller exercises can prevent many of the injuries associated with tightness and overuse.
Now that you know the benefits of foam rolling, check out this video for a great foam rolling routine to work into your workout!