You’re just back from a sweaty summer run and making a beeline for a cold shower. Researchers are suggesting some recovery first. The study, published in the Journal of Sports Science & Medicine, found that 15 minutes of foam rolling twice a week significantly increased flexibility after two months—which, along with strength training, plays a role in injury prevention.
To get the max benefits, follow these tips:
- Don’t press too hard
- Tick off a checklist of body parts you want to hit
- Then spend a minute and a half on each of these:
- hamstrings, calves, quads, IT band, and glutes
Boring task, yes. But do it anyway.