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Foam Rollers – Effective Self-Massage for Athletes

Foam Rollers – Effective Self-Massage for Athletes

Often, when one feels stiff or has an injury he/she tries to stretch the affected area. The issue is, a knot that cannot be stretched. Stretching will only tighten a knot. Think of this as putting a knot in a rubber band and stretching the band by pulling on both ends. You will notice that the knot begins to tighten and becomes harder to remove.

If I recommend only one piece of fitness equipment for athletes or for the general population that piece of equipment would be… a foam roller. Foam rollers are incredible due to the self-myofascial release they allow. Foam rollers help to restore the quality of muscle tissue and the soft connective tissue also known as fascia, which can become knotted due to injuries, disuse or lack of stretching. These knots or adhesions cause pain and reduced flexibility. Foam rollers restore order within the body.

Youth’s and children, in particular, can reap the benefits of rolling out the body because their muscles can become extremely tight at this stage.

Foam rollers, unlike massages, are very inexpensive while being effective.  Many fitness professionals consider the foam roller the “poor man’s massage”.

Overall, foam rollers are extremely effective for injury and knotting while also remaining cost efficient.

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The Downside of the “Quick Fix”

Everyone wants the quick fix. The promise of fast and easy weight loss or increased speed or muscle is very tempting. But please be aware of the dangers involved. Confidence Fitness is about vitality and longevity. Beware the trainer or gym that promises “instant” results. There are many articles about “Biggest Loser” types of competitions that glorify their process but the reality is a lot starker and dangerous. People get hurt and end up gaining more weight and then can’t lose weight or condition because of injuries. It is a vicious cycle. Find a trainer that can provide a proper assessment and develop a long term fitness development.

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Laugh Your Way to Your Fitness Goals

Laugh Your Way to Your Fitness Goals

Laughter isn’t only great medicine for our mental health but also for our physical health. Who doesn’t love a good laugh? And – when you combine it with sweat, you have a perfect match. So, how do you make your workouts fun and funny? Personally, working out with my husband is always my first choice – because he makes me laugh! I have never really loved to exercise but making it a social thing has really helped. I even signed up for a 5K with my bff who lives 7 states away so we can train individually but hold each other accountable and support one another – plus, she is super funny and it gives us an excuse to stay in touch more frequently. I also find it amusing to exercise with my dogs near by. They are hilarious (although sometimes in the way) when they try to get in on the action. Nothing like a good face-lick when you are holding a plank. Most people really love listening to music when they walk / run but I have started listening to some awesome stand up comedians who have managed to make an hour seem like 20 minutes. So, find your funny bone and give it something to snort at during your next workout. It’ll make you want to come back for more.

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