I’m a big believer in massage to soothe those tight muscles! But it’s not always easy to find the time or have the budget to make it happen. Here’s a wonderful alternative to soothe your knotted muscles, smooth them out and give yourself a treat. Here’s a simple solution—a foam roller!!!
Using a foam roller can benefit your body and your wallet! Foam rolling massages the muscle intensely much like a massage from a therapist at a spa but can be done on your own time!
Did you know that foam rolling not only limits soreness and tightness by increasing blood flow and flexibility but also helps you de-stress by releasing tension?!
Of course, strengthening our 640 muscles of the body is important, but if you don’t stretch enough your muscles can get tight! Foam rolling can be thought of as “ironing out the wrinkles” of your muscles. Loosening up your muscles pre- and post-workout results in a much-more-effective routine and will help you achieve your goals even faster. Rolling out your muscles leads to increased flexibility and range of motion, which will improve your overall fitness level and reduce the risk of potential injury. Foam rolling is like muscle therapy giving our muscles just the attention they need.
Here are a couple quickie moves:
- For tight hip and buttock muscles: Lie down on your side with your foot elevated off the floor. Place the foam roller underneath your thigh and roll up and down, repeating for 30 seconds on each side. Soothe away soreness and tension.
- For back tension: Lie down with your back on the floor. Place a foam roller underneath your upper back, then cross your arms in front of you. Raise your hips off of the ground, placing your body weight onto the roller between your shoulder blades. Shift your weight to one side, rolling up and down the upper to mid back to lower back. You can focus the attention on one section of your back, wherever your body needs it most. Alternate sides and repeat for 30 seconds per side. It feels soooo good!
A few minutes of rolling out a day will keep you feeling young for years to come. And if you don’t have one, you can pick mine up at your local Rite Aid or order one online and have it delivered right to your home.
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