Benefits of Foam Rolling

Thanks to P90X2, I have recently been introduced to foam rolling.  It’s something I had heard a little bit about, but never something I had really looked into or tried myself.  Honestly, it seemed a little odd to me at first, but I was hearing good things from others, and since it’s incorporated into every P90X2 workout, I had to give it a try.  And I’m very glad I did!  So if you’ve been wondering about it, I wanted to give you some reasons to try it and show you the benefits of foam rolling.

If you don’t have it in your budget to get regular massages, foam rolling can be a great alternative.  Using a foam roller allows you to perform self myofascial release.  In an article on the Sports Medicine section of about.com, Elizabeth Quinn explains that the superficial fascia is a layer of tissue that wraps around muscles, and for several reasons your muscle and superficial fascia can get stuck together.  This can decrease your flexibility and be painful.  Check out here entire article: Foam Roller Exercises for Easing Tight Muscles.  Myofascial release can help break up those areas where the layers are stuck together, loosening and lengthening the fascia.  The benefits of foam rolling and performing this self myofascial release include:

-Reduced muscle soreness
-Reduced muscle and joint pain
-Increased range of motion

I have personally noticed my flexibility getting better.  I’ve never been very flexible, so this is a huge improvement for me, and I’ve noticed a lot less soreness and stiffness than I’m used to feeling, especially with the new moves in P90X2.  I really feel like this could be helpful for people just starting out with a new program like Insanity or P90X for the first time, because I often hear people complaining that they are too sore to work out after their first or second workout.  And that’s not a great way to start a 60 or 90 day journey!  So if you’re someone who deals with a lot of muscle soreness or joint pain, you might really benefit from foam rolling which will help you perform better during your workouts and get even better results!

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