A foam roller is exactly what it sounds like; a log of either thick styrofoam or sometimes another material that you roll your body onto.
The purpose of a foam roller is to give your muscles a massage of sorts to release the tension inside them.
There are all sorts of foam rollers in varying sizes and designs, and even if you’re not working out on a regular basis, you should still own one.
Unlike other exercise equipment, a foam roller can target every area of your body. You can roll out your shoulders, back, legs, hips, glutes, calves, and everything in between. A foam roller can be used before or after a workout, or both if you feel like you need it.
The great thing about a foam roller is that it’s super light and is very easy to store. If you’re someone who isn’t active a lot, you can easily slide it under your bed or couch until you need it again.
Stretching is crucial pre and post-workout, but using a foam roller will really help you see better results. Because you’re getting deep into your muscles, you’re allowing yourself to better use the full range of that muscle, which isn’t something you can always achieve by stretching alone.