#NOWWellness Influencer Marcia Kadens of @rundefinitely knows a thing or two about running. She’s a Boston Marathon finisher and International marathon runner, on a quest to conquer the Six World Marathon Majors.
Foam rolling for running recovery
Why is foam rolling beneficial for recovery? Well for starters, foam rolling can:
- Increase circulation, and essentially act like a convenient and cheap massage
- Help flush out toxins and lactic acid via increased circulation
- Help increase flexibility because it massages the fascia surrounding the muscles, which is the connective tissue
- Help reduce post-exercise muscle soreness and helps prevent injury
Marcia shares her top four foam rolling stretches
- IT Band
- Upper Back
It’s important to foam roll at your own pace. How often and how long you foam roll depends on how sore you are. Plus, there are also softer and harder rollers, too, so it’s best to test a few to determine what’s right for you.