You don’t have to be a marathon runner or even a frequent exerciser to have tight knots and sore quads, hamstrings, calves, IT bands, or even backs. Sometimes, being inactive can actually be the culprit. One of our favorite fitness bloggers, MizFitOnline, who has maintained a 35-pound weight loss for 19 years, says:
Since we don’t use our bodies well (see: chairs, cars, computers for some examples), our muscles become imbalanced – some are overused, some are underused, others are trying to compensate for those that are underused and lazy.
Whether your fitness motivation needs a jumpstart or you’re already quite active, if you think your muscles might be “unbalanced,” one way to give yourself a deeper at-home massage – and maybe save some $$ – is with a foam roller. MizFit calls her foam roller her personal massage agent. You can work out tight knots with a foam roller, as well as use it for balance and strengthening exercises.
But for the purposes of today’s Fitness Friday video, our fitness intern Melissa demonstrates how to self-massage using a foam roller.
A quick online search showed that you can get a foam roller at popular online retailers, such as Amazon and Target.
Let us know if you have tried foam rolling and if it has helped you!
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