I’ve noticed more and more athletes utilizing the foam rollers, bands and the gym’s Marc Pro EMS machines. While most of us can’t afford a EMS machine for the home, most can afford foam rollers, lacrosse balls and bands.
It is important to stretch and roll at home as much as in the gym. For instance, fixing our hip mobility can be done on the couch while watching horribly loud commercials. Carry a lacrosse ball to work (for those with desk jobs) and sit on it to break up all that junk in your glutes and hamstrings. Have a sturdy structure at home or live near a playground? Buy a band and work on some deep stretches. Work on squat depth and stretching while you cook. Your food probably won’t burn if you spend 30 seconds at the bottom of a squat moving around and stretching those hip corners in front of the stove. Tape a couple of lacrosse balls together and work on opening up the thoracic protion of your back.
Sunday is a programmed rest day. Use it wisely. Talk a walk, go for a light jog or skip rope outside to get your body warm. Then come back in and work on lengthening and opening up your tight areas. Don’t just spend 10 minutes a day before or after a workout rolling and stretching. Invest in some stretching equipment and treat your body like the beautiful thing it is!