I got into work this morning and found this:
M&Ms are my absolute favorite candies ever (the plain ones). But even so, that is A LOT of chocolate to be staring me in the face all day! Yikes, it’s gonna be a LONG but sweet day.
Do you get road rage?
On Wednesday night, I got serious road rage as I fought traffic through downtown SF on a wet, rainy night. Jared’s chiropractor/PT was having a foam rolling workshop and we put it on the calendar over a month ago.
As soon as I got off the freeway though, I started seething. I was “that” person yelling to no one in my car.
“How in the world could I agree to drive DOWNTOWN during rush hour?”
“I don’t even CARE about foam rolling, I’ve read enough blog posts about it that my technique works just fine.”
“Geez, I could be at the gym right now or at least OUT of the car enjoying my evening!”
This went on and one for the entire 45 minutes that it took me to drive 4 blocks once I got off the freeway. But yes, finally I parked and made it to the office. And yes, once I stepped out of the car, my mood was 30 times better.
And guess what– you prob already know what I’m going to say– but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I actually DO care about foam rolling. And this class was actually worth my time. And it even made for an enjoyable evening.
So, I thought I’d share some of it with you.
I’m assuming you know all the stuff that I already knew so I’ll just tell you some things I found most interesting:
1) If possible, you should foam roll 2-3 times per day (for just a few minutes each)
2) Whatever hurts the most is what you should be doing/working on (I guess that makes sense)
3) Foam rolling can possibly help get rid of cellulite (not proven scientifically) and those who start foam rolling often might end up brinking less coffee because your blood flow will be better (more blood flow=less tired)
Basically, this post is my friendly reminder to foam roll. It prevents injuries, it’s almost as good as a sports massage, those of us who spend all day behind a desk can REALLY benefit from it, and frankly, it takes 3 minutes so you really really should start incorporating it into your weekly routine.
It’s too hard for me to explain all the exercise to you in a post (and I won’t claim to be an expert), but here are two articles that are helpful and you should read:
The (Almost) Magical Foam Roller by Runner’s World
Freen Your Muscles by Mens Health
And of course, this amazing infographic that has been on many blogs and is stilll a good reminder of “how to foam roll like a pro!”
As a recap– Wednesday night I spent an hour foam rolling in my work clothes on the floor with 30 strangers (crowded and popular class, huh?) and it was fabulous.
Who’s with me?
– Do you foam roll? How often? Love it or hate it?
– M&Ms- Peanut or Regular?
– What’d you do last night?