Hello lovelies!! I hope you all are having a fantastic new year and getting a good start on all of your goals! I know it has been foreverrrrr since my last post, but things have been so crazy since our move and now that the holidays are over and things are settling down, I am back!
Today I want to talk to you about one of my favorite things ever (and how important it is) - FOAM ROLLING!!! Foam rolling has saved my life many times! I can't tell you how often I wake up with knots in my back and sore muscles from working out. But luckily I know exactly what to do to fix this... foam roll! (And if you don't have a foam roller you can always use a tennis ball to do the same thing)
Some key areas to remember to foam roll: CALVES, HAMSTRINGS, GLUTES, BACK, LATS, QUADS, IT BANDS (pictured above: calves, IT band, quads, lats) Roll over these areas, and when you find a tight spot (a spot that hurts), roll back and forth over that area for about 30 seconds, or until the pain is lessened (when there is less pain that means the knot is going away!)
TIP: Relax your muscles when foam rolling... I know this makes it more painful, but it will be 100X more beneficial!
Here is the thing about foam rolling... it is super easy and also very important for your body. I try to foam roll every single day and I have definitely noticed a difference. Even just daily life can make our muscles tighten up, then they don't perform how they should. It is super important to foam roll (or use a tennis ball) to get these knots and trigger points worked out so our muscles can function how they are supposed to so we don't get injured. Foam rolling helps aid in the recovery of our muscles to get them back to normal-pain free mobility. If we don't recognize those tight muscles and take advantage of foam rolling our body begins to compensate for the tight muscles and this can lead to poor posture, incorrect mobility, and injury.
Well, I think I have ranted long enough...but I want you guys to know how important it is to foam roll and get rid of the tightness in your muscles so your body can function how it should. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask because I would love to answer them for you!!
I hope you all have a fantastic rest of your week, and keep working towards your goals!