Monday, April 13, 2009

Foam Roller Stretching

Good morning.  Did you all have a great weekend?  As always, my weekend flew by.  We are starting out the week with some sunshine – now if the temp would just go up a bit, that would be perfect. 

I went to the gym this morning (with 1/2 an Enjoy Life bar in my tummy) and did a 4 mile run, 30 minutes on the Elliptical and weights.  I made sure to leave time to stretch and today I actually used a Foam Roller.  I have never tried one before but have been seeing a lot of talk about the benefits of it.  I did a nice hamstring stretch on the roller – WOW!!! I can feel the difference.  I am going to try and get one for my collection of fitness gear so that I can do these exercises at home too.  I found a short video that shows some of the exercises that you can do with the foam roller – there are actually a bunch more that she does not go over but I thought this was a good intro. 

Do any of you use a foam roller regularly? Have you seen changes in your flexibility? I would love to hear some feedback on your experiences. 

Now onto breakfast.  I made a protein filled bowl of oatmeal this morning.



I started with the ever so filling 3/4 cup oats mixed with a tablespoon of Rice Protein powder.  I added a good amount of water to the bowl and then cooked it in the microwave until it was thick and creamy.


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I then added chunks of banana and some PB2 sauce.  I was so surprised how much the oatmeal thickened as it cooled – talk about stick to your ribs.

It was filling but thankfully not gut busting.


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The Rice Protein is not very sweet so the sweetness of the banana was perfect. 

Me and my sidekick must think of something to do today.  I am sure that he would be happy playing Star Wars ALL day. 

Enjoy your day. 


VeggieGirl said...

The weekend definitely flew by!! But I'm still on Easter break from school, so I have one more day to enjoy ;-)

I've never used foam rollers before.

Fabulous protein-packed breakfast!!


K from ksgoodeats said...

I've only used foam rollers to roll out my sore/tight muscles and I hated it! Funny you should ask about stretching though because that's my latest post ;)

Have a great Monday!!

Sarah (lovINmytummy) said...

Way to stretch, Sister Mama! I need to try a foam roller one of these days. Does your gym just have them available for use?

Have fun with D. We are going tutu shopping soon.