Foam Roll Before You Work Out

Foam rolling is extremely therapeutic for sore muscles and great following any workout. However, have you ever foam rolled before you worked out or went for a run?  The benefits are numerous and something you should probably try. 

Chances are, your foam roller doesn’t see any action until after your run. Although foam rollers are often used to ease postexercise tightness, research suggests that rolling out before you hit the road has perks, too.

In a new study, athletes said the squats, jumps, and shuttle runs they did after 10 minutes of foam rolling felt easier than doing the identical workout unrolled. What’s that back-and-forth doing for you? Everything a good warmup should: loosening up your muscles, elevating your breathing and heart rate, and psychologically preparing you to sweat, says study author Disa Hatfield, Ph.D., an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island. But that’s not all. Self-massage may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters that boost relaxation, or tinker with your body’s chemistry in a way that blocks feelings of fatigue, Hatfield says.

Prerun rolling also may relieve excess tension wrought by your previous miles, says Chris McGrath, M.S., a strength and conditioning coach and assistant professor at Long Island University. “Sometimes muscles carry tension,” he says, “and when you break that tension, they can function better.”In a new study, athletes said the squats, jumps, and shuttle runs they did after 10 minutes of foam rolling felt easier than doing the identical workout unrolled. What’s that back-and-forth doing for you?

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