Firstly, What is foam rolling. Foam rolling is a self-massage technique that is believed to have several benefits for the muscles and connective tissues in the body. But there are also some downsides.
You decide if its worth it..
- It Fuc#*ng Hurts
When you foam roll you are releasing muscle tension, muscle fascia and knots that have formed within the muscle. Foam rolling these can be very painful as well as improve muscle efficiency, which in turn can improve your performance… but it fuc#*ng hurts.
There is good news, the more you foam roll, the less painful it becomes as you have less tension to release. Also Foam rolling doesn’t have to be painful, even doing it lightly will have some benefits, try do it about a 5/10 on the pain scale for maximum benefits.
2. Its Boring
Foam rolling can be a tedious task. But by doing so you will have Improved muscle flexibility and range of motion. By applying pressure to specific points on the body, foam rolling can help to release tension to increase a person’s ability to move through a full range of motion.
Foam rolling is boring… but as mentioned about by having better range of movement you will be less likely to get injured. So although you might have to endure 5-10 minutes of foam rolling a few times a week, its better than spending money on physios and time out injured.
3. It takes time
Foam rolling takes up precious time. Those 5-10 minutes you could have spent better, like scrolling through Instagram 1 more time or checking your twitter feed again.
Foam rolling when done probably can enhance recovery after exercise by promoting blood flow to the area. This will decrease you muscle soreness after exercise.
So although it may take 5 minutes out of your day, it might actually save you time as you can walk up the stairs properly and sit and stand without grunting and moaning.
4. Makes you look Stupid
Have you ever tried foam rolling in a gym or at a competition? That awkward moment when you look like you are dry humping the floor but you are actually just foam rolling your hip flexors.
Yeah I’ve been there, the trick is to not make eye contact with anyone. But seriously, it might make you feel stupid, but honestly nobody cares about your foam roller routine, everyone is too busy looking in the mirrors or on there phones to care.
Spend a few minutes before/after your workout to roll to warm up your muscles or help them recover before/after your workout. It will help you have a better workout and decrease soreness afterwards.
5. Did I mention it hurts?
Certain areas hurt more than others. It’s important to note that foam rolling should not be performed on areas where there is bone or joint pain or fresh injuries. Also be careful when doing the lower back as excessive extension of the spine could cause injury.
Its not easy to inflict pain on yourself, even if you know its doing you good! If you are unsure It is always best to seek guidance from a medical professional or massage therapist before starting.
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