MY FAVORITE. Via Goop
I mentioned once before that I drink water with lemon first thing in the morning because Gwenyth told me to. She says jump, I say how high.
I kid. I was drinking water with lemon long before I knew Gwenyth did. I love Goop, and while I don’t excitedly look forward to the emails, I always open and scan them when they come. I inevitably find something worthwhile in them: a recipe, wellness ideas (I read about the OMG I can Meditate app via Goop and I’ve used it to meditate every day for months), beauty products.
A couple weeks ago there was an article on foam rolling for cellulite by Lauren Roxburgh. Hello!! Click bait!! for me anyway LOL. I’ve had a foam roller for years, I KNOW I should use it every day, but I never have because it hurts like hell. Especially on the areas I need it most: my hip flexors and the outside of my hips/saddlebags. So, I’d never given the roller much of a chance to do anything; I’m a huge wimp, and never made the time.
After reading the Goop piece, and doing some more research on the information therein, I decided to commit to rolling every day through the end of January to see if I could tell a difference, and I’ve been doing it about 9 days so far. I AM A CONVERT. It wasn’t really until today that I realized how much of a difference just 10-15 minutes of the specific routine has made, but man…I am changed. And, wait for it, it doesn’t hurt so much anymore. The first three days I rolled, I had to stop in the middle of the hip/thigh rolling because it hurt so much, I was almost in tears. Now, I know it’s working, but it’s not unbearable.
I haven’t examined my cellulite to tell if it’s smoothed that out at all, or shrunk it, but I imagine it hasn’t. Anyway, I don’t want to look too closely. More importantly, what it has done has alleviated the pain I feel in my right hip flexor so I can lift my right leg to put pants on without feeling that little burst of pain. And I no longer have frequent pain/cramping in my left leg along the side of my leg starting at the outside of my left hip. I can also do more of the lower ab work under the bar at Pure Barre because my hip flexors don’t try and take over (that probably doesn’t make a lot of sense if you don’t do Pure Barre, or have hip flexor issues, but that is the most important and meaningful thing to me in all of this, I almost shouted for joy today when I could lift my feet without pain!).
I pre-ordered Lauren’s book with more foam rolling exercises in it to try, and now I really want an exercise trampoline… See, I’ve been Goop’d!
Seriously, I don’t consider myself a blind follower of anything Gwenyth says or endorses, but she’s definitely on to something, and I’ve honestly never tried anything via Goop I didn’t like.
Perhaps I was ready for this, which is why I finally latched on to foam rolling. It also seemed like a reasonable proposition: give it 21 days and then see. It’s SO HARD to get started, and I really had to make myself do it the first few days, but now, I look forward to it as soon as I get up (after I drink my lemon water *wink*).
Again, I have no idea what it will do for my cellulite, but at this point, it’s not even about that. I can tell my body works and feels better when I roll everyday, and that is the ONLY thing that matters.
So, if you have a roller and don’t use it, or have any hip/leg pain at all that doesn’t seem to ever go away, please give rolling a try, and push through how much it hurts in the beginning. If I can do it, anyone can…
Are you Goop’d? Do you use a foam roller? What has your experience been?