Discover the wonderful effect of a detoxifying foam roller workout
Everyone is talking about fat-diminishing foam roller workouts. But what exactly is a foam roller? And is it a hype or is it really about something? Read our guide to foam rollers and see for yourself…
Foam rollers are inexpensive, versatile devices that allow you to do a variety of things. This way you can work on knots in your muscles, but also increase your flexibility. They are an essential piece of equipment for any athlete or coach due to the wide range of benefits they provide. Ask any athlete and they will tell you that a foam roller plays a crucial role in training.
There are many types of foam rollers, hot or cold, smooth or foam rollers with different profiles. Foam rollers work by applying pressure to specific areas of your body, which helps with muscle recovery. But that is not everything. Check out the list below for all the benefits of foam rollers!
A foam roller workout can:
increase blood flow to the muscles;
improve oxygen levels during exercise;
relieve muscle tension, which is actually the result of tight fascia (connective tissue) around the muscle;
increase flexibility and range of motion/mobility, which helps improve strength in bodybuilding;
help prevent injuries.
Many people find it very useful to include a foam roller workout in their workouts. After all, you can do it every day. Even several times a day. For example, as a warm-up and cool-down.
With the foam roller you can warm up and relieve tension in the muscles before you start your workout. Especially if your warm-up also includes other stretches to develop flexibility and a greater range of motion.
You can also roll after training to increase blood flow to the muscles and aid the recovery process.
Using a foam roller for a detoxifying massage
If you want to massage away the toxins that have accumulated in the body, a foam roller is the answer. Especially if you use it alongside a detox.
Here are two exercises to try at home:
- Soften your thigh muscles
- Place the roller under the top of your right thigh with the leg extended and the toes curled inward.
- Lean on your forearms and extend the hip of your left leg into a half frog position while resting the inner knee and ankle on the floor.
- Move the heel of the right foot back and forth to massage the foam roller into the thigh.
- Keep your abs tense and keep going for at least a minute until you feel the tissues soften and surrender to the roller's actions.
- Keep your abdomen strong to protect the lower back.
- Repeat with your left thigh.
- Relieve tension in your upper back
- This detoxifying stretch can help relieve tension in your upper back and improve poor posture caused by regular leaning or bending over.
- Place a foam roller under your spine while lying on the floor to support your head and coccyx.
- Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the floor.
- Spread your arms wide to the sides with your palms facing up.
- Take a deep breath and relax in this position for a minute.
- Repeat this three times.