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If you like to use props in your workouts, foam rollers can encourage tense muscles to release if you roll along the affected area as part of your workout. They also serve as balance builders the way fitness balls and BOSU balls do--by forcing the body to engage core muscles. Many videos and books detailing specific foam roller exercises are available. In addition, some teachers of yoga and Pilates classes incorporate foam rollers into their classes.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|