Readers, I foam rolled all month. I missed three days while I was sick and taking antibiotics that made me so dizzy I shouldn't have been driving my car. Seriously. Whew.
Otherwise, I foam rolled daily. I did several Lauren Roxburgh videos, including two videos I actually purchased months ago but never used regularly.
I wondered, at the beginning of the month, if foam rolling would make me feeling taller, slimmer and younger, which Roxburgh argues in her book of the same title: Taller, Slimmer, Younger: 21 Days to a Foam Roller Physique.
Now, I don't actually own this book, so I didn't follow any particular plan, per se. I just did Roxburgh's videos randomly throughout the month.
I don't feel taller, slimmer or younger. I don't see any results from foam rolling with my naked eye. The scale hasn't moved much except gaining two pounds after my wine and cheese blowout on Easter. Otherwise, it's the same 127 pounds.
So....is foam rolling a bust?
No. It's really not. Though I didn't trim off visible fat or lose any weight, I absolutely loved foam rolling. I began using it as a stretch/cool down after workouts like jogging (Sandy, the rescue pup, appreciates a light jog) or doing a Zumba video here at home that doesn't have a cool down attached to it. In fact, after nearly every workout this month, I just tacked on either a foam rolling video or did some of the exercises to the John Mayer Pandora station. I know.
It is heaven.
Foam rolling just feels good. My body certainly feels more flexible and supple after a workout.
And yes, I realize the word supple is creepy.
Still, supple is accurate. My body feels more fluid and connected after foam rolling. It's similar to how I feel after doing a light yoga series. I feel refreshed.
Now, I already do barre workouts, so that may account for why the foam rolling didn't make me feel particularly taller. I notice when I do go to the gym that those Barre 3 workouts have really helped my posture, so the benefits of foam rolling in that area may be less noticeable than for people who don't have that experience.
I guess what I'm saying is that foam rolling isn't going to turn you into a lithe model figure in thirty days, but boy does it feel good.
And at 42, the primary reason I workout at all is to feel good.
I love Lauren's videos but wish she'd slow down a little bit getting into the poses and actually do more/higher reps. The videos for purchase are better for this than her YouTube videos. The YouTube videos are quite short. You've got to memorize the moves and then do 8 of them on your own. That's tricky when you've got to pause the video and try to get into position and then watch the video, etc. It takes some time to get it all right, but when you do, when you've got a good, solid Mermaid move down, it feels wonderful.
Here are a few of my favorite of Roxburgh's free YouTube videos:
Also, I have a cheap $20 foam roller and the one Roxburgh sells for around $60. Though the $60 is a bit nicer and better to look at, the $20 works great. I'd do that if I was getting started. Finally, there are tons of other videos on YouTube and other books to get started. I don't think Lauren Roxburgh is the 'best' or the only thing out there; she's just who brought foam rolling to my attention. If anyone else knows of a better video, let me know. I'm committed to foam rolling from here on out. I may not do it daily, but I definitely want to keep up with it.
This month (April) my What If is meditating daily. Daily. I have tried this so many times, and I always fail because I literally forget. It's that simple. I just forget to do it. I can't seem to make it a habit. So, beginning today and through the rest of the month, I'll meditate for 10+ minutes per day.
I'll report back. I have hopes of feeling calmer and more aware of myself via meditation. I'm hoping it helps me feel more focused and less mentally woozy all the time.
I hope everyone is having a lovely Tuesday. We're all sunny and full of pollen over here.