Try as we might, it can be hard to fit gym time into our hectic schedules as family and work take priority. What if there was a way to get your exercise fix at home instead, thus saving you the time it would take to complete a proper gym sessions and the money you’d invest in membership? Guess what – there is a way! It’s called foam rolling. It’s very easy and inexpensive to get started, while you can perform the exercises from the comfort of your home.
Foam rolling involves using a cylindrical roller made of foam and massaging certain parts of your body to relieve muscle tension. Foam rollers are colour-coded by order of difficulty – beginners should stay away from black rollers, which are firm in their density, and instead purchase a white roller for a gentle but effective massage.
Another plus point of foam rolling is that the exercises are highly customisable. You can use it for many parts of the body, although it is crucial never to roll your spine, as this could lead to serious injury. It is ideal for areas such as your quads, glutes and calves, while the length of time you spend exercising and the number of repeats that you do is entirely at your discretion. Don’t be afraid to mix it up from day to day either for some welcome variety!
For a brief yet informative beginner’s guide to foam rolling, check out this infographic from Bracken Foam Fabricators (https://www.foamfabricators.ie/die-cutting/), a foam manufacturer in Ireland who makes products for a number of purposes, including fitness and exercise.