Health & Fitness
Stretching Vs. Foam Rolling: Is One Better Than the Other?
These days, there are some obvious fitness trends that guys should embrace. It’s probably best to ditch the crunches for functional core movements like planks and bird dogs. And it’s safe for you to trade an hour on the treadmill for a 20-minute HIIT session. But what about your warmup? There’s less of a definitive answer here. Fitness enthusiasts swear by foam rolling while more traditional gym goers prefer static stretching. Is one better than the other, or do we need both? Benefits of Foam Rolling Foam rolling is a technique that enables self-myofascial release. This is just a fancy way of saying self-message. Just as a masseuse would rub the knots out of your back and quads, a foam roller does the same thing—it just requires a little more effort on your part. However, foam rolling isn’t just about feeling good. There are several benefits:
- Foam rolling increases blood flow throughout the body. This leads to better movement and range of motion.
- There’s a decreased risk of injury.
- There’s also a decreased recovery period (i.e. less soreness).