Roll it out

It’s Workout Wednesday again, but I’m not working out today. It’s recovery day. I’m sore from doing millions of squats and lunges in Super Sculpt and Pound this week.

I know I need to stretch more on my own. My doctor told me. My trainer told me. My friends tell me. Every article I read tells me. Like many cubicle dwellers, I have tight hips. My trainer showed me some exercises I could do on a foam roller.

But I never do them at the gym because they’re awkward to do in public. Can we all just agree that muscle rolling should be done in the privacy of your home with your own roller? OK!

According to Runner’s World, rolling improves circulation, gets the body ready for a workout and recover after. It also breaks down knots that limit range of motion.

This weekend I finally picked up a foam roller (thanks, Mom!). I liked this model from Gaiam with massage nubs on it. Plus, I think the regular ones are ridiculously expensive for a piece of foam. The roller came with a DVD, but after watching three ads that it wouldn’t allow me to forward through, I took it out of my laptop and found the stretches on YouTube instead. I like the ones from Pro Chiropractic. The doctor explains that you should roll out your muscles for 30-90 seconds. Not longer because that can cause damage. Who knew longer wasn’t better? Thanks, doc!

I’m feeling recovered already.

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

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