>> Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Two words: HELLS YEAH!!
If you’re new to running (or anything athletic), you could benefit from the “joys” of foam rolling. Foam rolling is a type of self massage / self pressure therapy that you can do as you use your body weight to roll up and down a cylindrical piece of hard foam. It’s meant to "work out" sore muscles.
“They” say to make sure to not overdo it. (I don’t know who “they” are, but I’ve heard this from many people.) Some people say to start with muscles closer to the center of the body and work your way to the outer limbs. Some people say to pause over sore areas while others say to just roll right through them (I usually roll right through). Most people say to just do 10 slow passes or so before moving on to a different spot.
You can pick up a foam roller at any “good” running store, most sports stores, and anywhere online. Some are only about a foot long. I have a bigger one:
Foam Roller: Grade of A+. I love it when I pretend to be John Mellencamp and sing “Hurts So Good” as I’m foam rolling. (No, not really...)
BTW, I came across the following image while doing a Google search on foam rollers. I don’t know what this is, but DON’T do this...
...or at least do this in the privacy of your own home...