After a workout or fitness class it's common for people to reach for a foam roller to apply deep pressure into their muscles. Used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts, foam rolling is now the most popular form of ‘self manual therapy’ due to its low cost and its widespread availability. While many praise their effectiveness, there is still great debate amongst practitioners and researchers in the medical field regarding their efficacy and effect on the body.
The weather is changing and it’s getting harder to get outside to exercise. Do you have a back up plan? With the pandemic bringing everything online, you might find something new to try. Exercise studios across the country (and the world) are now available to you in your home. Is there a class you’ve wanted to try, but the schedule didn’t work for you? A class that looked fun, but you were intimidated by it? A local studio that you never made it to? Go to their websites now and see if they have online classes.
While deepening laugh lines on the outside are a give-away, it’s often the slow and not-always-visible chipping away of muscle mass, power, strength, and endurance which are the more significant signs of time marching on. That and lot of aches and pains. As these rather humbling physiological hiccups begin to add up, the question becomes, how to slow the slide – or prevent it altogether? The answer: staying physically active!
There are still a few good months for outdoor activities, and while our usual exercise routines might have been upended because of the pandemic, we can still get outside for a walk. Walking is a wonderful form of exercise and partnering with a friend can add a much needed social boost!