Foam rolling. It sounds ridiculous, it feels ridiculous, and you look ridiculous, but it makes everything feel so good.
I always forget that just going to the gym won’t make you stronger, fitter, or better. You have to take care of your body and muscles the rest of the time too.
Lately, I’ve been sore for days after the gym. I go back to the gym sore from the gym. I’m tired and irritable all because I don’t take care of myself.
Besides drinking more water, a great way to take care of your muscles is to stretch and foam roll.
Everything about a foam roller is ridiculous. I always have a mind block when I look at mine. I never want to lie on the ground and rub myself against a tube. It looks weird. However, rolling your back, legs, and IT band against the roller is the best feeling.
For weeks I couldn’t get my leg behind me for a hamstring stretch. I finally convinced myself to foam roam, and it was like a miracle. I’m not saying you’ll be able to do anything after you roll, but muscles and areas that you didn’t know could be tight will relax after rolling.
I’m not a doctor, or a trainer, or even a fit person, but my so-not-professional advise is: spend the $10, buy a foam roller, and roll yourself on it like the weirdo you are.