FITNESS CHALLENGE

To give yourself a massage, rest on or roll over a foam roller or the self-massage tool of your choice. This lets you use your own body weight to apply pressure to your muscles. You can press, rub, and knead any knots in your muscles. This may help ease tight muscles and reduce muscle soreness. It can help improve range of motion. And, it can increase blood flow, which helps nourish and repair your muscles.

Talk with your doctor, physical therapist, or certified personal trainer before you use a self-massage tool for the first time. He or she can show you the proper form and technique to use. This can help you get an effective massage and avoid hurting yourself. Make sure to talk with your doctor before starting any new fitness routine.