I was asked to participate in the #NotGonnaStop campaign, sponsored by HoMedics. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that I have a lot of issues with flexibility and I am also very imbalanced in a lot of areas. One glute doesn’t seem to fire and one calf is like a rock solid knot and everything can get out of whack. I run a lot and in the past, I didn’t spend nearly enough time stretching or foam rolling as I should. But recently I noticed the sound of my knees grinding anytime I squat and it terrified me. I legitimately panicked and immediately went to a Physical Therapist and got some treatment and exercises and then went to a sports chiropractor for some ART and more exercises. Both of them told me to do ONE thing almost every day: FOAM ROLL.
I want to avoid injuring myself to the point where I can’t run, so I’ve obeyed both clinicians and have been rolling every other day. Even though I tell all of the runners I coach to foam roll, it took two experts telling me to do the same thing to actually do it! I’m a Taurus and just really stubborn and stuck in my ways.
The timing of this #NotGonnaStop HoMedics® Sports Recovery Massagers campaign could not be more perfect! It’s like the running gods are shouting at me to take care of my poor muscles so I can keep going.
I already have a collection of foam rollers in my treadmill room (which is also our office and guest room) but when I saw the new HoMedics® Gladiator™ Vibration Foam Roller, I was like, “maybe I need ONE more.” It combines my love of massage with the device I’ve been instructed to use nearly every day. Let’s be honest, a runner can never have too many post-workout tools. Period.
I have tried every foam roller under the sun but never have I tried a vibrating foam roller. 2 words: GAME CHANGER. The vibration allows for a deeper massage into the muscles and fascia and there are 3 vibration massage intensities to choose from. I like the highest one, personally. There are multiple textures to get into deeper spots in tougher areas and it even comes with a little travel bag so you can take it on the go. There’s a little compartment on the side where you can store your keys or headphones, too. Next time I take a road trip – this sucker is coming.
And there’s more! For my plantar fasciitis, I love The Hydra™ Vibration Foot Massager. It has the option of hot or cold massage, pour in hot or cold water for added benefit, and an acu-node surface that delivers an invigorating massage to the bottom of the feet. It’s pretty great.
For my ridiculously tight calves, I use The HoMedics® Vertex™ Vibration Stick Roller. This one is great to have someone else do for you so you can just relax into it. It has trigger point ends that release tight muscles with a nice targeted pressure massage.
I wanted to share my quick little foam rolling routine with all of you so we can all work to “be unstoppable.” None of us want a nagging injury or tight muscles to stop us from doing what we love, so we need to incorporate mobility exercises and muscle rejuvenating tools into our routine. I make all my clients foam roll and I am making myself do it now, too, but with the added benefit of vibration. These #HoMedics Sports Recovery Massagers give me a deeper, more effective massage and faster results. Because, I am not exempt and neither are you.
Next time you’re watching TV or scrolling through instagram, grab your foam roller and just spend 7 minutes doing these 5 moves. We all have 7 minutes, no matter how busy we are!
My Foam Rolling Routine
Sometimes it takes an injury for us to finally wake up and realize we need to take better care of our bodies, but it doesn’t have to. Start foam rolling and doing self-massage today to avoid issues in the future. These things are required if you’re #NotGonnaStop doing what you love. If you’re like me, that special something is running.
Do you foam roll? How often?
Photos by Lucas Barbieri at lenslifephoto.com
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of HoMedics. The opinions and text are all mine.