.When you hear of “exercise equipment” or “gym equipment”, probably, you can think of treadmills, punching bags, dumbbells and other huge and heavy materials and machines. Well, it’s usually because getting fit involves intensity and a lot of sweating so you need exercise equipment that looks really challenging. That’s often the most noticeable thing about those gym equipment, however, not all of them are like that. Some are light, colorful and hard to distinguish as exercise equipment. Among them are foam rollers!
Have you heard of a foam roller? They look like pool noodle water floats because they’re cylindrical and made of compressed foam. They look like toys, so kids most often think they can just play with those foam tubes.
You foam roll different parts of your body where it is needed. Let’s see what they are for and determine the exceptional benefits that they can provide you if you use them:
—- YOUR MOBILITY TURNS OUT BETTER —-
When you use the foam roller, you follow specific and proper tips and steps in order for you to get your desired results. Depending on the part of the body you want and need to use it for, you do certain positions that will put the foam roller on the best position for it to do its job. You have to make sure you maximize the use and advantages of foam rollers as you do that.
Mainly, you move your body so that the foam roller can do its thing. It is good to use it before you workout so you get the best movements and best outcomes as well. Foam rolling allows you to stretch, twist, turn and balance.
During a workout, you can move smoothly and execute workout positions and routines with no problem. Your muscles become less pressured, less tensed and are not prone to getting torn or damaged. Foam rollers prepare your body for those similar movements daily and during exercises. Also, it’s important to do it even daily so that your body won’t be shocked by little abrupt movements.
—- YOUR RANGE OF MOTION IMPROVES —-
A larger and wider range of motion implies that you can move in and do wider range of exercise routines. Your muscles get properly stretched and eased. Your body becomes more flexible. You get to break the bonds that life’s stresses bring to your tired body as your mobility gets limited in some actions, positions and movements. With a foam roller, you’re doing a self-massage. It means you exert effort two or more times than when you’re just being massaged by someone else.
—- YOUR BLOOD CIRCULATES WELL —-
When your connective tissues and muscles are applied with force, blood gets extracted from them, and new blood comes in to stand in for what’s gone.
The blood flow becomes in proper order without obstruction, only with proper timing and pumping. The blood transports oxygen and other essential nutrients to the whole body including the healthy muscles and all the other organs. Most especially, the brain needs oxygen.
With proper blood circulation, your body functions as how it’s supposed to function. You can workout better and be fit to do so. Aside from fitness, you can also have a more nourished skin. The benefit of the foam roller affecting blood circulation flows inside out.
—- YOUR RISK OF GETTING INJURED DECREASES —-
Foam roller gives you a lot of benefits when it comes to movements because it’s all about you letting your body move [just with the help of that foam]. As a very amazing result, you don’t just attain good body and movement qualities, but you also get to shoo away chances of getting injured seriously [or even not too seriously]. Your body’s coordination is well enhanced and trained that’s why you’re not close to getting yourself into improper movements that can cause injuries.
—- YOUR RECOVERY TIME FROM INJURIES SHORTENS —-
When you use a rolling pin, you draw dough to certain portions where you want it to spread out. When you use a foam roller, you draw blood to several areas of your body, also as part of the “blood flow” benefit of it.
For injuries, it works beneficial in that way too. When you use it after working out, you wash the lactic acid away by pulling in fresh blood to the sore joints. Lactic acid is one of the waste products that build up after an intense workout. Also, when you foam roll after, you’re bringing in nutrients to the fatigued muscle portions. They need sufficient nutrients for faster rebuild and recovery.
—- YOUR FITNESS GOALS CAN BE ACHIEVED —-
Foam rollers may not give you the intense workout that treadmills and bench presses give you, but you can also achieve a fit body using them. With proper discipline and by learning the proper use of a foam roller, you can see how it can tighten your muscles and improve your waistline and booty. You can achieve your fitness goals.
—- YOUR DESK LIFE DOESN’T WIN —-
Sitting down for long hours within a day is not so healthy. You’re more prone to getting an unmotivated body. Aside from you’re getting lazier to stand and move, you can also have a sore body and a bad posture.
With a foam roller, you can relieve pain and aid your muscles get back to their original postures and lengths. Also, as your blood circulates well by not just sitting all day long but doing something about it, you are able to keep yourself away from diseases you could be prone to. You also can get injuries and disadvantages even when you’re “just sitting”. With a foam roller, you get to face all of them with a braver body and mind.
Foam rollers are light. They look cute and fun, but they aren’t just eye-candies. They help the body a lot in so many ways you cannot do with bigger exercise equipment because you’re too busy or too lazy to hit the gym or to jog in the morning.
Get your own foam roller because you won’t regret that you can even exercise, get fit and get healthy even with just a roll of foam. Do it well with discipline and proper guidance from expert-made video tutorials and from those who really know how to use it. Enjoy rolling!
Nicole Ann Pore is a daytime writer for Fitbiz Exercise Equipment, an Australian business nationally regarded as the benchmark in the Fitness industry, offering premium quality fitness equipment collection at affordable prices. She writes pieces focusing on the importance of being fit and healthy overall and the self discipline that must go with them. She also does research on various gym and exercise equipment to give more information about how they work. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.