Daily Fit 5/16/19: Ease Sore Muscles ASAP
Health Tip Of The Day: Foam Roll Before Your Workout To Improve Flexibility And Mobility, Increase Range Of Motion And Make Your Sweat Sesh More Effective.
Why It Works: Spending a little one-on-one time with a foam roller before your workout can help you avoid painful and uncomfortable DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness), improve your range of motion and get you one step closer to meeting your fitness goals. Foam rolling works by smoothing out your fascia — the connective tissue that stretches over and through your muscles — eliminating the knots and trigger points that lead to tension and tightness. Foam rolling before your workout is equally important as foam rolling after it, but for different reasons. When you use this tool to relieve any muscle tension before your sweat sesh, your muscles won’t be restricted by tightness, which will allow them to fire correctly during exercises and improve the range of motion of your joints, making your workout more effective.
How To Do It: Dedicate five to 10 minutes before your workout to foam roll the muscles that you’re planning to use the most during your sweat sesh. For example, if you’re doing leg day, focus on rolling out your quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes. Roll the cylindrical tool back and forth on your muscles, when you come across a spot that’s particularly tense and tight, hold for 30 seconds giving your muscles time to relax. It’s normal for it to feel a little painful if you’re sore, but if it’s sharp pain that you’re experiencing, lay off — the uncomfortable feeling shouldn’t be worse than what you’d experience during a deep-tissue massage. [Swirled]
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