The importance of foam rolling

Apr 15

Those of you who have attended one of Steph’s classes will know that she swears by the practice of foam rolling. The benefits of rolling out your muscles go far beyond alleviating muscle tightness and have been attributed to shaping, firming and lengthening your muscles.

When working from home, your desk setup will likely be different to your configuration at the office and thus your muscles will need to adjust to this new setting. Throughout this time of isolation, foam rolling is the next-best thing to a deep tissue massage and will save you plenty of pain and discomfort. Here’s a guide to Steph’s top foam rolling benefits.

Foam Rolling Benefits

1. It feels so good! 

Remember – just like a firm massage, the temporary discomfort you may experience when foam rolling is good pain (we promise). By applying pressure to specific tight spots and trigger points on your body, you are able assist muscle recovery – making them healthy, flexible and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

2. Reduction of cellulite. 

Foam rolling is known to improve cell recovery and blood circulation of your fascia (your connective tissue), muscles, tendons and ligaments, which in turn helps improve cellulite.

3. It lengthens your muscles.

The quadriceps are often the major “ouch” spot for the foam roller. Exercise and everyday movement can make them tight, shortened and in turn limit the function and range of motion in the hips, whilst adding stress to our lower back. Sound familiar? This is why foam rolling is great as a maintenance tool to flush your legs. Because of this, I suggest rolling every couple of days.

4. It’s the perfect warm-up and warm-down.

Ideally, foam rolling should be performed pre and post workout. As a dynamic warm-up, it gets the blood flowing to the areas that need it most pre-cardio and strength training. As a cool-down, it’s a great tool for flushing out the toxins and blood that has built up during your workout. It also helps move new oxygenated blood through the muscles and speed up the recovery process.

5. It targets and tones your glutes

Rolling can loosen up the ITB (that sore muscle down the side of your legs) the quads, the glutes and the calves, which is important to maximise your range of motion. Basically, foam rolling allows you to lunge and squat deeper, in order to really target and tone your glutes.

If you don’t have access to a foam roller at home, consider purchasing one from Rebel Sport, K-Mart or BIG W

To speak to one of our RISE by Studio PP trainers about how you can optimise your foam rolling routine, contact our Wellness Manager, Carmen at rise@101collins.com.au

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