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As an avid runner and exercise enthusiast, I find that it is really important to keep my body healthy. Sure exercising is a great way to keep fit, but it can also cause my body some damage, which if left untreated can become permanent and debilitating, something which I would rather avoid.

If you want to avoid muscle and joint pain, plus becoming stiff and inflexible, a foam roller might just be the thing for you. There is a long list of foam roller benefits that will help your body stay healthy during exercise and your daily life in general. Let’s get right into it and start talking about all of the benefits that come along with using a foam roller on a regular basis.

Benefit #1: Fascia Health

One of the biggest foam roller benefits that comes along with using a foam roller after exercising and on off days is called SMR or self myofascial relief. Many different activities including running, weight lifting, other various forms of exercise, plus even sitting at a desk for a long period of time will cause fascia to be created throughout your whole body.

Fascia is a small layer of connective tissue which is formed around the muscles after prolonged periods of a certain movement. All of these different exercises and movements, especially when done wrong and on a consistent basis, will cause the fascia to be created around the muscles in a way that will inhibit your range of motion, cause inflexibility, and even a lot of pain too.

Using a foam roller in a variety of ways will help to keep you flexible and pain-free by keeping different trigger points and ever increasing scar tissue within both the muscles and the fascia broken up into small pieces. The less this scar tissue within the fascia heals in an incorrect way and the more it gets broken up, the more flexible you will stay, increasing your range of normal motion.

Benefit #2: Increased Blood Flow

Another great benefit that you can get from using a foam roller on a regular basis is that of increased blood flow to your muscles. Doing regular exercises with a foam roller will encourage increased blood flow to your extremities, especially to the muscles that you use to work out on a daily basis.

An increased amount of blood flow to your muscles has several benefits. One of the greatest benefits of increased blood flow is that your muscles will have more oxygen delivered to them during a particularly strenuous workout. Having more oxygen delivered to your muscles means that they will not get tired as quickly and will make you be able to work out at an increased intensity for a longer period of time than you would if your muscles were not getting the oxygen they require.

Since a foam roller increases your blood flow and lets you work out for a longer period of time you will be able to accomplish any exercise goals that you have more quickly. In other words, a foam roller can directly impact the results that you get from both cardio and weight training exercises.

Benefit #3: Foot Pain Relief

The next benefit that you can get from using a foam roller is that of relieving foot pain after a long day of standing on your feet. Standing up all day long, especially when you don’t have the right shoes with proper arch support will cause much pain in the soles and arches of your feet, plus in your calves too. Using a foam roller after a long day of standing can provide your feet with a good stretch and massage that you need to relieve that horrible pain.

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