Chances are, you’ve at least heard of foam rolling or seen a foam roller in the gym. (It’s that long cylinder that people roll their legs on while grimacing and cursing under their breath.) While foam rolling is not comfortable, it’s something that every runner should be doing. It gets into those tight spots and releases the muscles or trigger points (foam rolling is a type of myofascial release or self-massage). And it’s a lot cheaper than going to a massage therapist.
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Runners often have super tight hamstrings, which can restrict flexibility and mobility and can really affect your running. One of the best ways to loosen up your big muscles and release the tightness is by foam rolling. Here are a few tips to maximize using a foam roller on your hamstrings.
- Start by rolling both hamstrings at the same time. This will balance out the pressure from the roller so that it feels a little less uncomfortable, which means you’re more likely to roll more often.
- Roll slowly from...
Calf strains are a common problem with runners, especially if you’re doing speedwork or hills. Keeping your calves strong and loose will go a long way in preventing injury. You know the benefits of foam rolling and you’re ready to try it on those gastrocnemius muscles. But what’s the best way to do it? Here are a few suggestions.
- Start by rolling both calves together. This will balance out the pressure from the roller so that it feels a little less uncomfortable.
- Roll slowly from your ankle...
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