Monday 25 September 2017

Keeping limber with a foam roller - Siobhan Byrne

Siobhan Byrne demonstrates foam rolling quads. Photo: El Keegan
Siobhan Byrne demonstrates foam rolling quads. Photo: El Keegan

Last week brought us to the end of our four-week Fit January Challenge, and for all of you that have stuck with it, a big congratulations.

It is important, however, not to walk away from everything you have learned in the last four weeks and to use your new knowledge to keep focused and organised for your training and healthy eating goals.

This week, we will be looking at the importance of making sure your fit body is well looked after, and one

of the best ways to do this and keep those muscles injury-free is to foam roll.

Self-myofascial release - or foam rolling as it is more commonly known, has been used by athletes and sports professionals for years, to ensure that they remain fit and injury free, It has become increasingly popular with amateur athletes and people who want to stay in good shape, and for good reason. As well

as being good for you, it is quite relaxing - do it in front of the TV in the evenings.

Well-worked out muscles will be prone to scar tissue from micro tears in the muscle fibres and knots in the muscles. But when you foam roll, you massage the soft connective tissue that bonds and connects everything from the muscles to the bones to the blood vessels and tendons, so this is the perfect week to remind you all to get the foam rollers out with these simple but effective foam rolling techniques.

Remember that you don’t need to be flat out with exercise every day of the week. Instead, you choose a day off for your body to rest and repair so that you can get the most from your training.

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