I remember when I brought a foam roller into class a few months ago, most of them didn’t have a clue of what it was. Even though I teach an exercise for seniors, I still try to spend a few minutes in the end to share a few words of wisdom. The other day, I was sharing how seniors could benefit from the use of a foam roller. After demonstrating how to use the roller, to my surprise a week later, a lot of them told me they bought one. However, if you don’t have a foam roller, here are 3 reasons everyone including seniors should.
Posture: One of the best things a foam roller does is to provide great chest stretching. If you have seen many pictures or articles that I have posted in the past, I have shown that one of the reasons many people have poor posture is because of their tight pectoral (chest) muscles. If you lie on your back in either of the positions below (see picture), it provides a good stretch for your chest. Try holding either for 30-60 seconds.
Trigger points/sore spots – Regardless of how you treat your body, you will develop trigger points/sore spots. What the foam roller does is to provide a way to massage the spots that are sore in your body. Massaging the sore spots is important because it allows your body to function at a more optimal level. I personally spend 1-2 minutes on each area (back, lats, quads, glutes, calves etc…) when rolling.
Increase blood Flow – The big reason many fitness experts recommend using a foam roller before a workout is because it increases blood flow to the muscles you are going to train. Even if you are not going for a workout, increased blood flow throughout your body is never a bad thing if it also includes improved range of motion and decreased injury
So if you don’t have a foam roller, what are you waiting for? Surely you don’t want your muscles to get stiffer, slower and less productive.