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FOAM ROLLING: WHAT IS IT & WHY YOU SHOULD BE ADDING IT TO YOUR WORKOUT ROUTINE

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From bumpy muscles to soreness and fatigue after your workout, foam rolling is where it’s at. Keep reading to see why you should be including this simple activity in your workout routine.

What is Foam Rolling?

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (also known as SMR technique) where you put pressure on your muscles with a cylindrical tool and roll along the length of the fascia tissue. Want to see what it’s all about? Check out this YouTube video on how to foam roll the different parts of your body.

Why Should You Foam Roll?

This exercise can help relieve tightness and soreness, increase your range of motion, and even reduce inflammation in your muscles and joints. And while you’re not rolling on the joints directly, you are helping to elongate and stretch the muscles, which helps relieve tight areas throughout the body.

Want to reduce muscle soreness after an intense workout sesh? Try foam rolling along with some static stretches. Not only will you see less post-workout pain, but you’ll most likely gain some range of motion, too!

Types of Foam Rollers

Really, there are about four different options to choose from when it comes to picking out your foam roller: low-density, medium-density, firm, and bumpy.

For beginners in the exercise world, try starting off with a low or medium-density foam roller. This will help ease you into the movement and the feel of the pressure without overdoing it.

For those who are a little more advanced in their workout routines or who are already great at stretching pre- or post-workout, try a firm foam roller to really break up that muscle tension and reduce inflammation.

Don’t mind a little muscle pain? The bumpy roller is ideal for those who are okay with some discomfort – foam rolling can be rather intense, especially on those extra-tight muscles that hold a good bit of tension.

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