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The Best Foam Rollers To Combat Pesky Post-Workout Soreness
by Mackenzie Dunn
Foam rolling is more than a fad. Sure, it may seem like everyone from fitness influencer to reluctant gym novice (aka me) has been talking about foam rollers recently, but that’s because they have some serious benefits. An old coworker of mine used to literally have one under her desk for post-workout, mid-workday rolling—seriously. But really, foam rollers are best used for just a few moments before and after your precious gym time, as a way to stimulate and relax muscles. That’s why we sought out the best foam rollers on the market right now.
How To Use a Foam Roller:
The concept is simple. Foam rollers, in all their various shapes, textures, and sizes, are meant to stimulate blood flow and apply pressure to your muscles, helping them heal more post-workout. “It’s a very effective form of Self Myofascial Release (SMR) and a great way to relax muscles before or after exercise,” explains Billy Anderson, personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist at Life Time.
Some rollers have bumps or ridges that act as pressure points and feel like a more targeted massage (this is a loose term, rolling out your muscles can still be an uncomfortable process), while others are smooth and use your body weight to stretch out the sore spots. If you’ve ever used a foam roller, you’ll understand that the process can hurt a bit (it’s like taking a rolling pin to your body) but afterwards, you feel so much better.
Anderson recommends first rolling through the full length of the muscle you want to relax, and then taking a second pass to focus on holding sustained pressure on the trigger point for 30-60 seconds. Here are some the best foam rollers for you to try.
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