I’ll never forget the first time I saw a foam roller. You know, those bumpy log looking things. They are used to stretch out your muscles before and after stretching. I honestly thought what do you do with that thing for. Who would use that? Isn’t normal stretching just as good for you.
I found out the hard way that no – normal stretching is not the same. Once I started using the foam roller to stretch, I felt the difference immediately. It gets out those hard to reach areas that you never are able to stretch out with normal stretching.
For example, say you have a really big knot in your thigh, you use this and you’ll soon find that knot gone.
How do you actually use it? It’s not that complicated. You have to find the area that you need to stretch and use the roller to find the area that you need to stretch. You want to find the most tender spot and hold it for 30 seconds. I usually will repeat this two or three times. I usually will do this on my most tender spots but I do foam roll most areas before and after exercise at least two to three times per week. I won’t do it everyday or every time that I exercise, but I do it because I know that the knots are going to get out when I use it. If you have never tried one before, I would highly recommend it. It is really good to use for those super tender spots all over your body after a good workout.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. The most important thing you have to know is that you have to hold the tender spot for 30 seconds. You may feel it hurting for a little while, but it will feel better once you finish holding it.