For the month of February it is all about self love!
Your challenge for February is to spend 15 minutes a day using a foam roller or a lacrosse ball.
Below there are a couple of benefits of foam rolling or using a lacrosse ball
- Improve movement patterns
Instead of releasing a muscle that feels tight, we can to use a roller to get people to move better. For example, rolling on a tight hip flexor will help the glutes activate and perform better.
- Help with repairing tissue
You can help to boost supply of nutrients to damaged muscles to accelerate tissue repair
- Reduced DOMS
Using a foam roller can keep tired and torn muscles more supple than they’d otherwise be, while reducing Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness.
Using a foam roller pre-workout can help ensure that you’re moving better
- Focus pre-workout
Using a roller pre-workout will help with mental preparation. Rolling over key muscle groups before exercise can help to increase cognitive awareness and focus.
If you hold pressure into tissue and sustain that pressure for a period of time, between 30 to 90 seconds, you engage the nervous system reflex for relaxation
- Chronic pain reduction
Speaking of pain reduction, using a foam roller can also be effective in alleviating long-term chronic pain too
- Flexibility/mobility improvements
Rolling a muscle will help its surfaces and connective tissue slide across each other better, which will help with overall mobility.
- Wake up easier
For those who aren’t morning people, foam rolling can help you wake up more easily each day.
Here are a couple of exercises for each item