Blog Hop Giveaway!

Happy Friday! 

Lets talk about something I’m really bad about- stretching. 

Don’t worry, we’ll totally get to this!

I clearly workout quite a bit. I’m tight and stiff a lot. My muscles definitely get tired by the end of a long training week and I’ll be honest, I typically only stretch for a few minutes after a run or when I’m tight or sore. 

I’d also like to point out I work in the health prevention field for my real life job, and I do nothing in terms of preventing sore or tired muscles. 

The one thing I do the most is use my foam roller. My PT turned me onto them even though I had been debating getting one for months prior. They hurt so good. For real. 

Grumpy dog not included

This form of stretching utilizes the concept of “autogenic inhibition” to improve soft tissue extensibility, which means relaxing the muscle and allowing the activation of the antagonist muscle. It will help with muscle soreness and tightness by effectively increasing blood flow and overall flexibility while also releasing knots and tight spots in your muscles. 

The foam roller is used by rolling it underneath a specific muscle or muscle group until one finds a “tender spot”. Once you find that tender spot, continue to apply pressure to the that area and keep on rolling it out.

This will hurt a bit, but it’s basically self muscle massage, and when done correctly it will loosen up tight and sore muscles. And you will feel better afterwards, so don’t let that little bit of pressure pain from rolling deter you. 

Personally, I love my foam roller. I use it probably 3-4 times per week. Granted, I should be using it everyday. Rule of thumb is after every workout and preferably before bed every night.  Some people roll pre workout too, but that’s really up to you. I find about ten minutes a day on my legs does me wonder. On those days I roll of course. 

So in honor of the glorious, cheap man’s massage that is the foam roller, I will be giving one away to one lucky reader! Just enter the Rafflecopter below and come back everyday to up your chances!

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64 Thoughts on “Blog Hop Giveaway!

  1. I have started to use Epsom salt baths to help sore muscles, it works amazingly!

  2. I like to complain to my husband until he gives me a backrub. Works wonders. 🙂

  3. I start with rubbing my own muscles, and then tell my boyfriend that I need a massage, and that I’ll cook the entire next week if he gives me one. Totally works, and it forces me to meal plan so we eat healthy. In my book it’s a big ol’ WIN! 😀

  4. I actually like a soak in the Jacuzzi tub filled with hot, almost scolding water. Another way I’ve found to sooth muscles is to go out for a short, easy run. It get the blood flowing back into the muscles, expediting the healing process.

  5. I tell my husband he is the best ever and show him when my back

  6. I’m the queen of foam rolling and love my grid and orb! P.S. I love the Grumpy Dog (I have a chocolate lab too!)

  7. I love my foam roller but it is getting to be time for a new one.

  8. Gentle yoga. Loosen and limber up and get the blood moving to those muscles.

  9. Advil and light stretching!

  10. yoga…or a massage haha

  11. I drink lots of water, eat lots of protein, and take BCAAs…I’ve been wanting to foam roll and would to win this.

  12. Foam rolling (when I remember to!), stretching, and epsom salt baths

  13. Anonymous on March 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm said:

    Ice packs work great for me .

  14. I love and hate the foam roller

  15. Besides a lovely massage from my husband, I like to do yoga so relieve sore muscles. 🙂 Thank you.

  16. When my muscle are sore I try to get a massage because I get tension headaches if my muscles don’t start to relax.

  17. Foam rolling at the gym – it’d be awesome to have one at home!

  18. Foam rollers are amazing – tennis balls, too!

  19. I like to do yoga and foam roll.

  20. ice and some massages! i was using a foam roller at my PT, but i dont have one for my own, 🙁

  21. Foam rolling is definitely my favorite way!

  22. Right now I use a marathon stick, but I would really love a foam roller!

    Miss Adventures in Running

  23. I’d love a foam roller. Right now it’s hot water in the shower.

  24. I love a good foam roller!

  25. I love a warm Epsom salt bath.

  26. I love a long soak in a hot bath with epsome salt.

  27. Stretching and trying to convince my husband that a massage is in order.

  28. Compression socks for my legs, warm showers, ice packs, my FootRubz.

  29. Yoga and heated rice packs work wonders. I also have a cold rice pack I keep in the freezer for aches and pains.

  30. I’ve seen people foam rolling and wondered about it. I have no real way I deal with sore muscles – most of the time I just hope my husband will get to bed early enough to give me a back rub!

  31. I am awful about foam rolling. Don’t own one, so never tried it.

  32. I use the TNS unit! Love that when my muscles have been damaged.

  33. Definitely has been stretching though I have been using a foam roller in PT and I LOVE it.

  34. brandi dawn on March 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm said:

    I have my hubby give me a rub down!

  35. Epsom salt baths!!!

  36. I love Peppermint Essential Oil massaged in.

  37. I hit the jacuzzi and pool

  38. Epsom salts in a bath and foam roller!

  39. Kitty Iecvan on March 19, 2014 at 3:22 am said:

    I stretch a lot!

  40. Stretch, stretch! Love a pedicure too and they massage your achy legs and feet! Need the foam roller!

  41. taking a hot bath!

  42. I apply cold ice packs and then some muscle sore spray

  43. I do stretching and self massage as much as I can.

  44. Stretching and getting a massage really helps with my sore muscles.

  45. massage them myself

  46. Pleading with my boyfriend for a massage

  47. Foam rolling + yoga = a happy me! 🙂

  48. A nice session of stretching and yoga, followed by a hot bath 😄

  49. I love my foam roller although right after the WDW marathon in Jan, I noticed that it has an indention in the middle…I guess I’ve been using it too much! I need a new one!

    (Side note: I liked your facebook page from my running page, Once Upon a Run, not from my personal page which you have to use to log into rafflecopter)

  50. Definitely rolling and stretching!

  51. I use biofreeze! It works wonders after a 12 hour shift at the hospital!

  52. I love/hate the foam roller. I also love yoga and Body Flow.

  53. Cold shower and foam rolling

  54. Anonymous on March 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm said:

    I know this is sooooo wrong but I just don’t use them. I literally lay around all day after my half marathons. The couch is my friend

  55. Barbie B on March 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm said:

    I know this is sooooo wrong but I just don’t use them. I literally lay around all day after my half marathons. The couch is my friend

  56. Lots of stretching and foam rolling for me!

  57. Linda on March 24, 2014 at 6:12 pm said:

    I use a foam roller but mine is older and bent out of shape and I’d really love a new one.

  58. I like to take a bath or spray on some Icy Hot for my sore muscles!

  59. I do the cold and then hot packs and apply pain releiver sprays and for severe pain I take tablets

  60. Massage is my go to way to soothe sore muscles..and rest.

  61. An hour long hot bubble bath.

  62. Complaining to everyone who will listen. AND day dreaming about a foam roller. 🙂

  63. I dont have a foam roller but I use a large sports water bottle as a foam roller.

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