Many of you have probably heard of the detrimental health statistics about sitting at a desk for 8 or more hours per day. Some statistics reveal that a sedentary job is equal to the health effects of smoking or drinking! And that it makes us fat. If you would like to learn more about all the things that are terrible about sitting for long periods of time, you can read this interesting website.
Foam rolling can be a great addition to your workout program and it is a vital component to preventing injuries. You should always use the foam roller before stretching as this allows you to release any myofascial adhesions, thus allowing you to stretch the muscle to its optimal length. Make sure you roll the full length of the muscle avoiding rolling over joints. You should also roll slowly as this will give you the most benefit. Too many people hastily roll up and down the length of the muscle. While this may give the muscle-fascial connection some release, it is not ideal. Foam rolling can sometimes cause shoulder discomfort, especially in those who have underlying shoulder injuries. If this is the case, you can try using yoga blocks or several folded towels underneath your hands as a way to reduce the stress on your shoulders.