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ROLL IT OUT: Foam Roller Functionality

The foam roller is my favorite at home exercise tool.

It’s wonderful for soothing tight fascia. Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, surrounds groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.


Below are four more reasons to ROLL IT OUT!


1. It reduces soreness and tightness from working out.

You know that feeling when you wake up the day after a really hard workout and your muscles are so sore it’s hard to move? Yeah, we’ve all been there. But foam rolling right after your workout (or even the next day) can help reduce some of that soreness and tightness.

That’s because foam rolling works by massaging away fascia buildup in your muscles, which often lead to painful, sore muscles. Reducing this means you won’t have to skip your workout because you’re too sore from the previous day’s session.


2. It increases flexibility.

We all know how important it is to stay flexible, and foam rolling can help with that too. Maintaining flexibility throughout your life reduces injuries, improves your athletic performance and keeps you strong and healthy into old age. So whether you’re into Pilates, yoga, or even sports, foam rolling can improve your performance and make you a more flexible, healthier athlete in general.


3. It helps prevent injuries.

When you work out hard, your muscles end up tight and develop knots from constant stress. And unless you want to pony up the cash to get a full body massage once or twice a week, your best bet for staying injury-free is to foam roll as often as possible.

When you foam roll out the tight spots, it prevents those areas from becoming injury trigger points which could eventually lead to shin splints, neck immobility, and even a popped rib. (I speak from experience!)


4. It helps you de-stress.

Foam rolling away the knots can help you de-stress at the end of a tough day—just like a massage would. That’s because when you release your knots and sore spots, the tension built up in your connective tissue releases and leaves you feeling less stressed.


– PITG Instructor Teri Seier Moore


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