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Why You Need to Invest in a Foam Roller

By Genevieve Cunningham

There are hundreds of pieces of exercise equipment on the market today. Jump ropes, hand held weights, at home DVDs. The list is endless. And if you're into fitness, you probably think that you need it all. While we obviously don't need every piece of equipment on the market, there are a few pieces that can be incredibly beneficial to our health. One such piece? The foam roller. If you haven't tried a foam roller yet, take a look at these reasons why you should get one today.

It’s Excellent for Pre-Workout Preparation

It’s important to get the body ready before you begin an exercise routine. If you don't, you're more susceptible to injury and pain. While stretching is a great way to do this, using a foam roller may be even more effective. Before you begin your workout, use the foam roller to loosen up the muscles in the body. You'll want to make sure that you especially target your big muscle groups such as the biceps and quadriceps. This will loosen the muscles in a way that helps to prevent injury and improve the quality of your workout.

It Helps With Post Workout Soreness

If you've ever worked out, you already understand the depth of post-workout soreness. It's very real. A foam roller is a great way to work out that soreness after your workout is complete. Use the device in the same manner that you did for the pre workout. Keep in mind that because the muscles are sore, rolling them will definitely hurt in the beginning. Be gentle with yourself. After a few minutes, you'll notice that the soreness begins to dissipate and the muscles feel relaxed and comfortable.

The Cost is Low

Another great reason to invest in a foam roller is because it's very inexpensive. You can get a foam roller for around $20 or so. While there are more expensive options available, it's unlikely that you need one unless you are professional athlete level. Anytime that you can invest in a piece of workout equipment that is inexpensive, it's a good idea to do so. You never know when you're going to need the equipment in order to enhance your exercise and make your body healthier.

If you haven't used a foam roller yet, it's time to give it a try. Chances are good that you're going to love the way it makes your body feel. And on top of feeling good, it's also very effective in enhancing your workout. You can find one in any fitness store, in most department stores, or online. Find one that you like and give it a try today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Boynton Beach, Fla.

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