Foam rolling makes you more flexible
Stretching isn’t the only way to increase flexibility. Research suggests that foam rolling is comparable to stretching — maybe even better because you’re when you use a foam roller you’re moving and are not in a static state, like with stretching. Egbogah cites a study in The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research that suggests foam rolling for even a minute can improve your range of motion. She says it takes about four weeks of consistently rolling three times a week to see a difference.
Foam rolling reduces stress
It’s not just your muscles that will thank you, says Egbogah. Some studies have shown foam rolling can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. In the book, Taller, Slimmer, Younger: 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique, author Lauren Roxburgh writes that foam rolling helps to calm the nervous system because it targets acupressure points connected to the adrenals. Makes sense when you think about it.
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Foam rolling improves your posture
This will make you sit up straight. “You can have postural imbalances caused by tight muscles,” says Egbogah. “By releasing the fascia with foam rolling, you can help to correct these postural imbalances.” Say, for example, your stomach protrudes because of a forward tilt in your pelvis, by rolling out your quads you can help to correct your posture.