Why and How You Should Be Foam Rolling!

Why and How You Should Be Foam Rolling!

The last time you were at the gym you may have noticed one or two people sitting and rolling around on one of those odd looking cylindrical pieces of foam. Though it might not look all that enticing, and it may even look painful, but foam rolling can be extremely beneficial. Some would also say it’s like giving yourself a deep tissue massage! Foam rolling or “myofascial release” helps to alleviate knots or trigger points and tension in the muscles and tendons. Fascia is the connective tissue that wraps the muscles (myo) together. Myofascial adhesions can develop from stress, overuse and even underuse so foam rolling can be beneficial for active and non-active people alike. Foam rolling can be used before exercise as a sort of warm-up and injury prevention step and following exercise as a cool down and to reduce post exercise muscle soreness.

Follow these simple guidelines to get started:

-Ease in: 
-Prioritize the muscles and areas that need it. 
-Try these exercises to start:

Mid/upper back

Calves

Hamstrings

Gluteus Maximus

IT band

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