Have you ever had those days where you feel like your knee is feeling a little sore, but you don’t remember hurting it while you were training? Sometimes things like training and bad posture can cause your muscles and their surrounding fibres to become thicker and tighter, which cause tension and sometimes pain in your body.
While I do believe that is important to discuss any muscle issues with a health professional, there are a few things that you can do to help reduce mild muscle tension and pain within your own body. One of my favourite ways to do this is through foam rolling!
As well as reducing mild tension and pain, foam rolling can offer your body a number of amazing benefits. So if you’re one of those people who doesn’t think that foam rolling is useful to you, then you need to keep reading!
Some benefits of foam rolling are:
- Increased blood flow to your muscles, which improves delivery of oxygen during your workout.
- Helps to relieve muscle tension, especially after a hard workout.
- You can control how much pressure you apply to the area, which means you can really focus on areas that are sore and need more work.
- Increased range of motion. The action of foam rolling can help to stretch out and lengthen your muscles, which can help you get more out of your workout.
- Decrease recovery time. Foam rolling can help with muscle repair so you aren’t left feeling as sore and sorry the next day.
- It can help to reduce cellulite. Improved blood flow can also help with the removal of toxins from your muscles, meaning that foam rolling may help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
I always make sure to foam roll after every workout, and sometimes I will also do it after my warm-up if I am feeling a little tight. I am not very flexible and have been trying to work on this, and I have found foam rolling to be SO helpful in this process. If you are looking for a durable and effective foam roller, you can purchase one here.