Most of us spend our days sitting for way longer than we should – including me, which creates extra tension in our muscles (especially in the lower back). Pregnancy has definitely not helped with my body’s random aches and pains. There’s not much I love more than a good massage to help with muscle tension, but unfortunately I’m not able to make it to the spa as often as I’d like to. Recently, a friend told me to try self-massage with a foam roller, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Foam rolling is an easy, no-spa-required way to relieve extra built-up tension.
Some benefits of foam rolling include:
- Greater strength and muscle mobility
- Less fatigue and more energy
- Decreased aches and pains
- Relief from physical demands of pregnancy
- Improved circulation and blood flow
- Better sleep
Challenge: Try foam rolling
I usually foam roll first thing in the morning, since my body typically feels more stiff then. To roll out my back, I just lay on the ground and slip the foam roller under my lower back – veryyy slowly. Then, using my forearms to hold me in place, I gently move my back up and down on the roller. I usually feel pretty good after a few minutes of doing that, but you can try rolling out your IT bands and calves if your legs are feeling especially tight, too.
The best thing about foam rolling is that it can be done any time of day, and it only takes a few minutes. It’s the perfect way to show yourself some much-needed self love. It’s a little uncomfortable at first, especially in sore areas, but that’s your body telling you that it’s tight – and to love it!
Who’s going to make foam rolling a habit and start doing it with me this week?