Why Foam Rolling is Key to Your Post-Workout Routine

Foam rolling aids in muscle recovery and releases muscle tightness after a workout. If you don’t have a foam roller, it’s a great investment as they are inexpensive and they contribute greatly to post-workout stretching and post-workout exercises. Your gym may have foam rollers for communal use, but foam rolling at home is a great practice to get into as well. Foam rolling is much less expensive than a deep-tissue sports massage, and yet the results are very similar. Working out causes small tears under the skin and in our muscles, and this can reduce our mobility and cause long-term damage if left untreated. Foam rolling helps treat this damage and helps to manipulate and massage the body parts that were just worked out, allowing your muscles to return to normal function faster. Foam rolling is also important for reducing soreness and boosting recovery. Lactic acid buildup in the muscles is caused by strenuous exercies, and can result in pain, cramps and soreness. The massage aspect of foam rolling helps to break down the lactic acid buildup. Here are some examples of what foam rolling is used for: 1. Massaging the calves If you sit on the floor and place your foam roller under your calves, you can use your arm strength to lift your butt up and roll the foam roller from knees to ankles, massaging your calves and helping to remove mini tears. This may hurt after exercising in a way that worked out your calves, but it also feels great and