Should you integrate a foam roller into your workout routine?

A foam roller is a trusted workout companion for most athletes and general gym goers. You can’t even walk through a gym without nearly tripping over one! Here at Pulseroll, we’re always on the lookout for the latest equipment and fitness trends to help you improve your training and get you to the next fitness level, so we thought we’d open a conversation about integrating a fitness foam roller into your workout routine.

Why you should consider using a sports foam roller

First of all, consider it this way. Do you often feel sore after doing a workout? Does this sometimes make you reconsider training the next day?

Don’t let feeling sore be an excuse to skip a gym session. By using a fitness foam roller, your muscles will be able to function a lot better, recover quicker, and enable you to get back to your training a lot quicker. There are many benefits of using a foam roller, both pre and post workout which we thought we’d delve into a bit deeper below.

 

Foam rolling pre-workout

Foam rolling before exercise acts as a really effective warm up.

It uses pressure and movement to stimulate blood flow, which loosens the muscles and makes them more flexible. When a muscle is more flexible, this means it can move a lot easier, therefore improving your overall performance and providing you with a decreased risk of muscle related injury. This is why it’s so important to warm up!

Foam rolling post-workout

Foam rolling after exercise is beneficial because it breaks up any knots and tight spots in the muscle, enhancing your muscle recovery. When we take part in strenuous activity or any heavy lifting, our muscle tissue can tear and cause pain such as the one we experience the day after working out.

It is important to remember that muscles do repair themselves. This process is how our body adapts and builds muscle, but using muscle recovery equipment speeds up this repair process. By using a sports foam roller post-workout, you can be sure to ease any inflammation and get yourself in a good state for your next working out session.

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Why is foam rolling beneficial?

After exercise, we often experience soreness in the muscles; they can become tight and don’t function properly. Using a foam roller regularly as part of your training routine can have many positive effects on your body, such as increased circulation, improved flexibility, improved range of motion, and eased muscle soreness. A foam roller has benefits similar to that of stretching but if you use a foam roller prior to stretching and then stretch afterwards, you should be able to feel a much deeper stretch, meaning that the foam roller is able to keep the muscles loose and healthy.

It’s also a great way to feel motivated to workout! If you can get yourself to warm up first, you’ll often feel a lot more motivated to start exercising. You can even use a foam roller on your days off to wind down and relax the body.

If you’re considering integrating a foam roller into your workout routine, you should be sure to look at all the pros and cons of doing so. Here at Pulseroll, we swear by using foam rollers, particularly our innovative vibrating foam rollers. Head over to our shopping page to learn more about our other muscle recovery equipment.