The day after leg day, my muscles are as tight as ever!! To help release the tension in my muscles, I foam roll. Although my foam roller is cute and pink, I'm often left with the impression below! Haha!
Foam rolling can be linked to massage therapy in that the aim is to help relax tight muscles. A foam roller can be used to "roll over" trigger points as a massage therapist would with his or her hands and fingers. I usually foam roll after a workout or late in the evening before bed.
Now, I'm going to be honest, this can be painful! My muscles are usually the tightest two days after a leg day, but I know stretching and foam rolling is what will help release that tension.
In the pictures below, I'm rolling my hamstrings, vastus lateralis (quadriceps), glutes, calves, and my lower back.
Keys to Foam Rolling
are to Relax and Find the Tender Spots. When you are ready, roll over and hold on a spot as you apply pressure for at least 30 seconds. Then roll back out and repeat.
Like with any deep tissue massage, loosening tight muscles might not always feel good, BUT it is very helpful in injury prevention.
Also note, you want to roll over your muscles, not your joints!
I bought this foam roller from TJ Maxx for about $15. Prices can go up depending on the brand you use and where you purchase one from, but this does the job for me! If you're a little nervous or not sure about foam rolling, start with a soft roller and work your way up to a harder roller. Anyone else have a love/hate relationship with their foam roller?