When you think of fitness and working out, what comes to mind? Eating healthy, strength training, and getting in some cardio are probably at the top of your list. But what about mobility and range of motion? How does your body feel and move after an intense exercise session? If your answer is stiff and sore then there is a component of fitness that you're missing---myofascial release, a hands on method of releasing tension and stress. How do you do it? Foam rolling is a one of the quickest and easiest ways.
We put our bodies through a lot of stress every time we work out and whether you're a beginner or veteran, you need to take the time to help your body release the tension that it builds and holds.
The tension our bodies create during and after a workout is a form of protection. If you're performing a forward lunge for example, there is a certain distance your leg can bend forward before you start to feel a pull in your hamstring or groin. This is your body sending you a warning that if you keep going you can potentially injure yourself. By foam rolling you're telling your body that it's okay to release the tension it created to protect you---you're helping your body loosen up and relax.
If you notice that your joints have a limited range of motion after a workout, give foam rolling a shot. It only takes about 10 minutes and it will not only improve your performance by decreasing your recovery time, but it will also improve your flexibility and prevent injuries.
Check out these moves that address the five critical areas we all need to focus on and let me know how it goes---I guarantee that your body will thank you!