4 Reasons Why You Should Foam Roll

Dancers using a foam roller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Working out is hard enough, let alone having to add recovery exercises before and after you workout. Most people don’t have the time or energy to do what is necessary to keep their bodies healthy and loose. This could lead to more injuries, stress and decreased performance.

A foam roller is the perfect solution if you are someone who has trouble finding the time or resources to help your body recover. Here are Wolverine Sport’s 4 reasons why you should foam roll!

Release Tension and Pain

After a workout, it’s normal to feel some slight pain and tightness, typically in your muscles. This is usually an indicator of a good workout, but if you continue to feel that tension and pain without addressing it, you can end up getting hurt. Foam rolling is a form of self-massage, which helps break up fascia, lactic acid or anything else that is built up in your muscles after a workout. Getting rid of that will increase your muscles’ rate of recovery, getting you ready for whatever is next!

 

Increase Flexibility

While massaging your sore muscles with the foam roller, it helps increase blood flow and body temperature. This is pivotal for increased flexibility, which will help you get the most out of your workouts and decrease your risk of injury. While stretching can take 20-30 minutes, foam rolling before and after a workout takes less than 10!

 

Relieve Stress

Certain pressure points on your body can tighten up after workouts, sometimes leading to increased stress. Focused foam rolling on specific knots and tight muscles can relieve the pain in the pressure point. Also, as muscles in your chest and back loosen up it becomes easier to take deep breaths, which helps bring your body to a calm state of equilibrium.

 

Increase Muscle Growth

When trying to increase muscle growth, making sure your workouts are as efficient as possible is essential. Having looser muscles before you workout helps you perform better. Adding foam rolling for only a few minutes in specific muscle groups to your workout will make all the difference, Making sure you relieve muscle tension after the workout is also important in the healing and growth of muscle fibers, so foam rolling before and after workouts helps you get the most out of it!

What do you think foam rolling could help you with? Let us know in the comments below!

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