Are you sore? If not, you may not be working hard enough!
If so, I have a FREE solution to your problems in life, haha! If I am not an expert enough for you to be dolling out this info, check out this article from the NASM!
Last week Thursday’s episode of Mandie.tv was all about how to foam roll without a foam roller!
Are you familiar with foam rolling? Here are some tips for it:
My boyfriend, Tommy is a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and cautions to be extra careful when foam rolling your IT band. Your IT band is a tendon, not a muscle, and tendons can’t really be stretched. If you want IT band relief, you should roll out your vastus lateralis (pictured below and to the left!), which is the outermost muscle in your quad! Don’t put too much pressure on your tendons, because they can’t really be effectively stretched. Tommy says that in an anatomy class he took, an instructor took a cadaver IT band and hung a dumbbell from it, and even a semester later, the length didn’t change! The attempts to stretch an IT band are not entirely in vain, though, because it usually stretches the hamstring, which can bring relief to the IT band!
Back to the topic at hand – no foam roller? No problem!
If you want something a little more permanent, or an at-home foam rolling solution, here are a few from Beachbody that are awesome!
Sorry about the interesting formatting there… WordPress newbie problems!
Anyway, I hope that helps! Another thing to do when sore – take a bath with this stuff – I love it!
Do you have any tips to alleviate soreness? Comment below and share them, so you can help others stay fit and feeling fabulous!
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