meet the foam roller, your new best friend

While none can deny the benefits of stretching - increased flexibility, improved circulation, and injury prevention - many are still skeptical about the effectiveness of incorporating a foam roller into their pre and post workout routines. Just how much reward can really be reaped from moving ones body across a foam log? In a word: plenty.

Similarly to stretching, a foam roller, when utilized properly, can provide all of the benefits listed above and then some. Unlike stretching, a foam roller utilizes the power of pressure. It works deep into the muscle tissue, releasing knots and tension that inhibit range of motion and hastening the speed of muscle recovery. In other words, a foam roller acts much like a personal masseuse and cost less than a single hour massage.

Not sure where to begin? Try these simple foam roller workouts from Burn 60 trainer Anna Renderer.