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