When I first started running 25 years ago I rarely had to worry about recovery and injuries from exercise. I would hit the trails for 3-5 miles, skip the stretching and do it all over again the next day.
Over time, my lackadaisical post workout regimen caught up with me and I started to get injuries in my body. I developed plantar fasciitis in the bottom of my foot. This lead to a tweaking in my outer knee and worked up the chain to my SI joint. At age 30 I felt like an old lady. Not fun…
My husband Scott suggested that I incorporate foam rolling into my daily exercise routine. So every day I would use the foam roller at the gym to work out tight muscles in my entire body.
At first, this practice was excrutiating because the fascia around the muscles were extremely rigid from a lack of stretching all those years. But, as time went on I was able to overcome the discomfort and foam roll deep into the muscles. My injuries gradually went away!
Foam rollers provide an opportunity to give yourself a deep tissue massage, which releases tension in the fascia allowing for more pliable muscles. Foam rolling has many benefits to include injury prevention, correcting imbalances in the body, speeding up recovery, increasing mobility, enhancing circulation to the muscles aiding in the delivery of oxygen and reducing muscle soreness.
I wanted to share my favorite “hurt so good” Foam Rolling Routine that I use on a daily basis to receive all of the benefits above. Along with stretching, incorporate foam rolling before and/or after your workout and do it as often as possible, so you can enjoy the activities you love to do for the rest of your life! Scroll down to take this class.
And if you are looking to purchase a good foam roller to start your practice, click below to be directed to one of my favorites.
This week’s 15 minute foam roller class will show you a routine that you can use on a daily basis to address the entire body. In addition to stretching, using a foam roller is an excellent tool to prevent injury, reduce sore muscles, address tight muscles, enhance range of motion and correct muscle imbalances. In this video you will learn how to foam roll Quadriceps, IT Bands, Hamstrings, Calves, Glutes and the entire Back. Yoga with Meditation Mutha is for everyBODY. Please join me in this opportunity to maintain your health, so you can stay active your entire life. Enjoy!
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