Have you ever seen those random foam rollers at the gym before? They look like they are useless, but they can actually be extremely beneficial. Before any workout I do, I make sure to roll out my muscles. These rollers are great as a manual therapy tool for warming up for a workout and as a recovery tool! Here are just a few benefits of using roller rollers.
Increased Range of Motion
Rolling out before a workout can help reduce stiffness in your muscles. Your muscles relax while rolling and become more limber and stretched out. So it increases the stretch and range of motion you have!
As you are rolling out a muscle group, blood flow is increased to that muscle. By getting more blood to a muscle, your body is able to maximize both function and recovery.
Warming Up Muscles
When you are rolling, you are creating friction between your muscle and the roller. This friction generates heat, leading your muscle to become more flexible and ready for a workout. It also can help prevent injury during your workout.
Remember the article about delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)? Well, using a foam roller after a workout can actually help decrease muscular soreness from a workout!
Helping You Relax
Foam rolling actually stimulates a massage. It leaves you feeling relaxed, less tense, and less stressed after using! It can also increase feelings of overall well being and leave you more satisfied with your workout!
If you’re unsure how to use these rollers, take a look at our TikTok video demonstration of foam rolling!
Written by GUADS staff member Emily with contribution from themanual.com