Top Five Benefits
1. Improved Movement and Flexibility
Performing form rolling exercises before a workout can contribute to better flexibility and range of motion. This is significant because muscles are less likely to be damaged or pulled when foam rolling exercises are a part of the warm up routine.
2. Injury Prevention
The second benefit is related to the first. Foam rolling performed with stretching can prevent several common injuries. Improper movements that cause injuries are less likely to happen.
3. Improved Circulation and Blood Flow
Rolling stretches and loosens muscles where blood flow may be somewhat blocked. Better circulation is fundamental to general health and wellbeing because blood carries oxygen through the body.
4. Reduced Soreness and Recovery Time
Recovery time can be considerably reduced by foam rolling before an intense workout. This applies not only for fitness junkies, but for desk workers as well. If your job entails sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, you are well aware of the soreness at the end of a long work day.
5. Reduced Stress
Research has shown a correlation with foam rolling and cortisol (stress hormone) reduction.