It’s the age old question: why is it that what is good for me doesn’t taste/feel/look good? With my new knee diagnosis, I have been diligent about doing the PT exercises recommended for those who elect not to have surgery. Meet my new nemesis.
I have had it for more than a year. It has dutifully sat in the corner, only getting attention immediately following each massage because the massage therapist always says, “You really should use a foam roller”, which is why I bought it in the first place (after a “good for me” as opposed to a “feels good” massage). After about a week, it goes back to the corner.
Why does it keep getting banished? It hurts! To be fair to the roller, it’s not its fault. I know it only hurts when I don’t use it often enough, but I don’t use it often enough because it hurts! Did I mention that it hurts?!?!?!?
I am a member of 24 Hour Fitness (thank you, Costco membership! – Not an affiliate link by the way.) At the one year anniversary of activation, I was given a free personal training session. I decided to use it to create a better stretching routine. While dancing I had a great series of lower body stretches, but I’m bored of them now, plus now with so much extra time spent in front of a computer, I really needed some upper body stretches.
What, you might be thinking, has all of this to do with the evil foam roller? Well, my personal trainer, Bethany, taught me the awesomest stretch on the planet to open up the chest muscles that involves the foam roller. It feels soooooooo good! Since learning that stretch, I have un-banished the roller. The chest stretch is my reward for torturing my IT band and all those muscles that link up along the inside of the knee.
“They” keep telling me that if I use the roller regularly, I will break up all the knots in there, and it will hurt less. I think “they” as sadistic liars, but I hope to be proven wrong. So far, still painful, but I am noticing a difference in leg strength with the exercises, so maybe in time this will get better as well.
Has anyone else had to bribe themselves into doing a Good-for-Me activity? What are some of your tricks of the trade?