When you're working out in a small apartment in New York City, you and your muscles may feel a bit cramped.
Before and after your virtual work out, you should probably take some time to roll out with a foam roller.
Foam rolling is an effective practice you can add to your warm-up or cool down routine that can help you feel even more loose and limber. When you work out, fascia—the connective tissue that surrounds your muscles—can stiffen, and over time, painful knots can form. Foam rolling, a form of self-myofascial release, breaks up those adhesions, in turn improving your range of motion and reducing muscle soreness. Think of it as a DIY deep-tissue massage.
Some people are in a rush and skip foam rolling. “It takes a little bit more effort and people just want to jump right into their workout,” says Noam Tamir, CSCS, owner of TS Fitness in New York City. “And after they’re done, they feel like they’re finished, and they just want to go.”
How do you pick a good foam roller?