If you want to stimulate muscle growth, strength and tone, you need to improve your flexibility. When you train the muscles, they will naturally fatigue, break down and contract. If you aren’t careful, you will overstretch the muscle and cause yourself aches and pains. Alternatively, the muscle could be so tight that it starts to affect another muscle group in your body.
This can lead you to becoming injured, gaining pains and sprains that you need to have treated by a specialist. Visiting these specialists can set you back hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
So what can you do to keep your muscles loose and fluid so that you minimise the risk of injury?
Use a roller to add pressure to the muscles.
Little Bloke Fitness offers a range of rollers that can help to keep your muscles loose and relaxed. The more flexible your muscles are, the more range of motion you will have when doing the exercise. Better yet, you will minimise the threat of injury to the muscle.
In the video below, you can see how rollers are used to help relax the muscle, improve the blood flow in the muscle and stimulate better muscle recovery.
Use a massage ball to trigger muscle tension release.
Some athletes use tennis balls or golf balls to trigger the muscle release in certain areas of the body. But it is much easier to use a massage ball to help ease out the muscle adhesions (knots) that your body develops from doing physical activities. They are relatively inexpensive and are good for releasing muscle tension that relates to back pain.
Take a look at the video below to see how they are used.
Try to dedicate at least one of your exercise sessions to muscle mobility and flexibility. This will pay off in the long-term, as you will be able to train longer and harder, whilst minimising the risk of injury as a result of your training habits. Your muscles should also recover quicker over the long-term as well.
Have you ever used rollers or massage balls in your training? Let us know in the comments below.