What is a foam roller and what are the benefits of foam rolling?
A foam roller is an inexpensive piece of equipment that comes in various shapes and sizes and is used to perform self-massage to soothe tight muscles, target trigger point areas and release myofascial tension.
*How much do they cost?
They are very inexpensive, ranging in price from $10 - $50.
*How do I know which one to buy?
Foam rollers come in several different shapes, sizes and densities. If you are a novice, then it is highly recommended that you start with a standard foam roller. You will want to find one that has a softer density and is 36” long with a 6” diameter. The softer it is, the more give it will have. Trust me on this, start with a soft foam roller and work your way up to the harder, denser rollers; otherwise, you may experience unnecessary residual pain and bruising. I have witnessed far too many people using the textured, high density foam rollers right off the bat and paying the price for it. I own 3 different kinds of foam rollers and use every single one of them depending on how I’m feeling on any given day.
*What other benefits does foam rolling provide?
Foam rolling increases blood flow, improves muscle mobility and flexibility and decreases recovery time. I find it to be very relaxing as well!
*How often should I foam roll?
Foam rolling can be done daily, there is no rule. Our bodies have significant amounts of inflammation and foam rolling helps to release that. I try to roll every day, or at a minimum, 3-4x per week.
*Can you show me how to do a full body basic foam rolling session?
Yes! You can hop on over to my Instagram (@missiefit and @missiefit_workouts), where I post daily exercises and tips, including my foam rolling video.
I have also included a link to shop hand-picked foam rollers on Amazon. They are inexpensive and very effective. If you don’t have one you should consider incorporating a foam roller into your life!!