Top 5 Posts of 2014: Foam Roller Exercises

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The #4 most popular post of 2014 is a favorite of mine.

You know I love the foam roller and could go on and on about why my love runs deep. But for now, let’s dive into this post that demonstrates foam roller stretches you can do to ease tension in your upper back.

5 Foam Roller Exercises To Relieve Shoulder Tension

This routine is for those of you who come home at the end of the day with a tense neck, tight shoulders and a stiff back.

If you don’t have a foam roller yet, please get one! They’re cheap, effective and perfect for releasing tension at the end of the day.

(My favorite can be found here)

After hours of sitting hunched over a keyboard it’s incredibly important to re-align your spine and stretch the muscles of your upper body (primarily your neck, chest and shoulders).

This routine will take no more than 5 minutes and will help you de-stress both mentally and physically. For good measure, I threw in a couple of foam roller ab exercises to strengthen your core and prevent further back pain.

foam roller exercise


Lie down on the foam roller with your feet flat on the floor and your arms resting by your side. Take a few seconds to breathe and relax into the position.

Open your arms out to the side with your palms facing up and allow the pectoral muscles to open and stretch. Rest your hands and elbows on the ground if you can do so comfortably. Hold for 5-10 breaths.

Arm circles on the foam roller

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Signature-transPS – you may also enjoy these stretches for computer-related neck pain.

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