Foam Roll Your Way to a Happier You

February 27, 2018

Ahhhh!

 

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!!

 

HAPPY ROLLING!!!

 

XOXO –

Missie

 

 

 

 

  

 

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