You have probably seen a stack of these in the corner of the gym with people doing rather weird rolling activities on their legs, back or hips. Don't fear the roller...Embrace it!
While foam rollers are great for stretching out your muscles and reducing muscle soreness there are other benefits that you may not be aware of...
1. Improves posture: Good posture is so important in everything that we do and in particular it is important when exercising. Having good posture when exercising is so important to prevent injuries and to maintain good posture. Using a foam roller assists in improving posture as the muscles are usually tighter is areas that see a whole lotta work. For example if you work at the desk most of the time your pectoral muscles (chest) are likely to be shorter and your latimus dorsi muscles (back) are likely to be stretched or longer. Exercising and stretching will help this to even out, creating better posture.
2. Reduces cellulite: no one loves cellulite (I think we can all agree). Cellulite occurs when fat is pushed through weakened, dry or brittle connective tissue also known as fascia. This weakened connective tissue structure can be caused by gravity, ageing, dehydration, a lack of movement and poor circulation. A foam roller helps to boots circulation, smooths fascia and rolls out congestion and toxins. Using a roller can also help to regenerate connective tissue.
3. Improves sleep: Breathing efficiently is fundamental to healthy life and its so important in reducing stress. Using the foam roller improves elasticity in the lungs and rolling out can actually calm your nervous system and help you relax and breathe more efficiently at rest. This then helps you sleep better and rejuvenate your body and mind.
4. Helps strengthen your core: Having a strong core is important for maintaining balance, strength and overall physical activity. Using the foam roller to strengthen your core is a great way to use this versatile tool in everyday workout routines.
Check the video and cartoon dude out, for some basic rollin' tips.
For more information check out: https://draxe.com/foam-roller-exercises/