Most people make sure they have adequate weights and cardio equipment to get fit, but if your workout regimen doesn’t include the use of a foam roller, you’re likely missing out. Even though they look pretty useless, they do offer a number of fitness benefits, including these three:
When your muscles are tight, you’re not going to have a very large range of motion with your movements. However, when you use a foam roller before working out (in your warm-up phase), your muscles release their tension which allows you greater flexibility to perform the movements you are about to engage in with ease.
The use of foam rollers has been found to increase circulation in the areas of the body that you use them. This allows for faster recovery after strenuous workouts as the muscles get the oxygen and nutrients they need for maximum growth. Use one during your cool down so that your body is ready to go the next time you want to work your muscles and push them to new levels.
Fewer aches and pains
If you’ve ever endured a taxing workout only to be plagued by aches and pains for a few days, then you know how nice it is to be able to work hard and not writhe in pain every time you move. Because the rollers work out the knots in your muscles, you’re less likely to feel achy and sore when you’ve pushed your body to the max, allowing you to keep up your fitness routine easily and effortlessly.
While it is important to incorporate the use of strength training and cardiovascular equipment into your fitness routine, it is just as important to use foam rollers too. They have many benefits whether you choose to use them before or after your exercise routine (preferably both) – just make sure you use them!