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!
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.
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.
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.
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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