Easy Flexibility Exercises
Most people assume yoga or stretching will increase flexibility. However useful those exercises may be, there is a little used tool that can really advance healthy joints and reduce injury: The foam roller (Fleet Feet Sports, Buckeye Running Company). This simple tool is a piece of dense foam usually $20-$35. The concept is associated with the roller is self-myofascial release, which is like massaging the muscles before working out, to bring blood flow to the tissue and loosen up tightness. It is extremely effective when used before a work out and prevents overuse injuries in runners. Proper use is key to its effectiveness, so consult a fitness professional on how to maximize use. Several professional athletes spend up to 20 minutes on the foam roller before they work out. Some common areas to work on: calves, quadriceps (front of thighs), and upper back.
Here is a video to demonstrate how to use the foam roller to alleviate two common areas of tightness: click here
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