Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Foam Roller= BFF

Get Rid of Lower Body Aches and Pains with Foam Rolling

By: Kim Holmes Personal Trainer and Founder of My Fit Coach

I remember the first time I was introduced to my now good friend the foam roller. I was quite skeptical of this giant “pool noodle-ish” device. After all, I’d been in the fitness industry for many years and had seen so many fads come and go. There was always a new gimmicky tool for us trainers to try and quite frankly...I’m not into gimmicks.

But I was curious..What the heck was this thing all about and was it really legit?

Turns out it was and still IS the real deal.

So What is Foam Rolling you ask???

In a nutshell, this giant hunk of foam allows you to perform self- myofascial release (or self massage). By simply rolling it over your muscles or certain trigger points, foam rollers help to break up scar tissue and get rid of painful knots and muscle tightness.

Why you may wanna give it a shot:

If you’re constantly experiencing tightness in certain muscle groups even with regular massage, you may wanna give the foam roller a shot. When our muscles are tight, it limits our range of motion and increases chance of injury. It also helps to speed up your muscle recovery so you can be ready to dive back into your next workout.

I’ve heard it hurts. Is this true?

I’d be lying if I said that it didn’t hurt a little. Some areas are definitely a little more tender than others (hello IT band!). That being said, the more you do it the easier it becomes. And the benefits far outweigh the temporary discomfort.

How do you use the Foam Roller?

While it can be used for all your muscles head to toe, today’s focus is specifically on how we can use it to treat the lower body aches and pains. I’ve put together a quick video that teaches you how to foam roll your quads/ hips, glutes, hamstrings, calves and IT bands.

Kim Holmes is a Personal Trainer and the Owner of My Fit Coach. She helps busy Moms take care of their bodies (and minds too) through Online Fitness and Nutrition Programs. As a Mom of two young sons, she understands that you don’t have hours to spend at the gym. Her Online Programs are efficient, fun and most importantly, they make fitness fit into your REAL life.

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Disclaimer: The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, it is provided for educational purposes only. This information shouldn’t take the place of seeing a Naturopathic Doctor or your primary care provider for individualized health recommendations.

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