Monday, April 25, 2016

Rolling Out Your Muscles

By: Amy M.
We all know how important stretching is before and after an exercise program to warm up muscles and prevent injury.  Stretching helps you with your exercise program or to just start your day.  But what do you do when those muscles are still tight and you don’t have either the time or the money for a massage?  A great way to ease those tense muscles is by using a foam roller which is an inexpensive and an at home option.  They can be found at most department or sports stores and are fairly inexpensive and easy to use.  Most come with a DVD to demonstrate how to effectively and safely use the roller to ease various muscles.  Make sure you watch all the demonstrations and follow all safety instructions so you can safely use your foam roller after your exercise routine.  Once you feel comfortable using it, you can go through each of the rolling exercises and see which ones will work best for you.  I tend to use a foam roller at home or at the gym mostly after running or cardio and add it to my post stretching routine.  You will soon be on your way to more relaxed muscles that will make your muscles more flexible and give you more full range of motion.  By adding rolling to your exercise routine you will make it more enjoyable and safer.

Check out the following article on the Blackstone Library site located on the Pathways to Success link using the Gale Health and Wellness Database.
Natalie Gingerich Mackenzie. Muscle & Fitness/Hers.  Jan-Feb 2016 v17 i1 p48(2).Full Text:COPYRIGHT 2016 Weider Publications