In the corner of my living room lives a foam roller. Everyone in my family knows it’s there, and everyone knows its purpose. At one point or another, we’ve all had to use it, but that doesn’t mean we like it.
“MOM. I AM SO SORE.”
“MOM. MY LEGS.”
The truth is, it hurts to use the darn thing. But it works. If you’ve ever wondered what it is, see the picture above. It’s nothing more than a cylinder of foam that you lay across and roll around on. You can use it in multiple ways, for major muscle groups, and it uses gravity and your body weight to (deeply) massage the muscle tissue that’s giving you trouble. The intensity can be painful, but the foam roller is the runner’s best friend. It’s a cost effective way to get a quick massage, and if you pair it with stretching, you are even more likely to avoid injury. So roll on, Angels. Roll. On. — Amie