Fulfil your fitness goals with Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is becoming an increasingly widespread form of exercise for many fitness enthusiasts, whether they’re novices or fitness fanatics. It involves using a foam cylinder to massage the muscles where there is tension in your body and it can be a hugely effective exercise, but it is also likely to be rather painful at the start, and even experienced gym attendees are challenged by its intensity. That said, there is nothing better for relieving muscle pain and improving your overall body strength.

There’s nothing quite like a good infographic to explains the ins and outs of any health topic, and the folks down at Bracken Foam Fabricators have passed on this great infographic to help you understand.

Fulfil Your Fitness Goals with Foam Rolling – Infographic

Now that I know a bit more, I’ll bit grabbing a foam roller on my next trip to the gym to help with muscle tension!

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The health benefits of Magnesium


Magnesium has long been praised for its healing properties. I personally use it as a natural pain-killer and find it to be far more effective than any store-bought drug.

There are several ways in which Magnesium can benefit you. By simply taking one capsule a day you’ll find yourself sleeping better, feeling more hydrated, and more relaxed.

Many people believe they can get more than enough of this mineral from their food, without the need for supplements, but remember that even soil can be depleted of vital minerals such as Magnesium. Even if your food did provide you with enough of this mineral, it can escape your body if you consume substances such as alcohol, coffee or black tea to name but a few.

There are several reasons you should increase your Magnesium intake. Here are just a few of those reasons.

Better sleep: Magnesium relaxes the body, the muscles and nervous system while also regulating the hormone, melatonin, which is essential for sleep. It also balances and controls the stress hormones that can lead to insomnia. Before sleeping is the best time to take Magnesium.

Hydration: Magnesium, along with minerals such as Calcium, Potassium and Sodium is an electrolyte, which is essential for proper hydration of the body.

Relaxation: It calms and relaxes the body by promoting the production of Serotonin, the happy hormone which will boost your mood.

Pain-relief: It relaxes the muscles, relieving cramps and other pains, and loosening tight muscles. A Magnesium deficiency can result in the build-up of lactic acid, which causes pain and tightness, as opposed to the greater flexibility achieved with a healthy Magnesium intake. Furthermore, Magnesium is an excellent way to relieve the stomach cramps and headaches that come with period pain.

Muscle-building: Magnesium allows the body to produce more of the Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which contributes to the growth and strength of the muscles. The cell’s energy store, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP) is also created using Magnesium.

There are several other benefits to Magnesium. It helps to strengthen bones and teeth; it alkalises the body and balances pH; it relieves constipation and can even prevent strokes and heart disease. The benefits of this one mineral are endless. Just one Magnesium tablet a day can provide all of the above benefits and more. I better start taking mine a bit more often.

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