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What to do with that foam roller at the gym?

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April 16, 2019

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Ian Gibson
May 18, 2019

Foam rolling doesn’t just relieve muscle tension induced by exercise, it works equally well to undo muscle tension caused by stress. However, while you are more likely to recognise muscle tightness resulting from exercise, it is less likely that you are aware of the creeping muscle tension caused by the inevitable problems and difficulties of daily life.
At the end of difficult days, you will be amazed at just how much you are able to unwind by spending 20 minutes using a foam roller. The effect is immediate, but as a bonus you’ll sleep better too. So if you’re stressed, give it a try – they only cost about $10.

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