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Infographic: How To Get Your Foam Roll On

by Erika Nicole Kendall

Last week on twitter, someone asked me about foam rollers, and it immediately reminded me of this gem from Greatist:

Ahhh….Greatist does it again.

And, as I and another tweeter mentioned, rolling on either a softball or a tennis ball can also help alleviate soreness, and definitely don’t forget to drink your fluids after a good rolling session… but you shouldn’t be skimping your fluids at all anyway!

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Erica September 5, 2012 - 6:26 PM

The foam rollers were a godsend for me especially during the beginning of my fitness journey. It helped reduce soreness in my thighs and back. I recommend using it before and after a workout if you find – make – the time to sufficiently stretch.

Rosie September 6, 2012 - 11:21 AM

I HATE the foam roller! I started using during physical therapy and my legs were so sore for the next 3 days. My physical therapist let me take a break but still wanted me to continue using it to get used to it but I never did. I’m loathe it like a dentist.

Rooo June 1, 2013 - 9:26 AM

@Rosie –

I don’t love the foam roller either, but I sure do appreciate what it does for the tight spots. I’ve found that if I make sure I do get my fluids on close to right after, like Erika suggests, that makes a difference.

Kitana May 2, 2013 - 2:29 PM

I bought one of those grid foam rollers and used it last night after an afternoon run. It sure as hell works the kinks out, but it was a bit painful too, ngl.

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