8 tips to spring into that summer body (slideshow)

1. Roll out the right tools

When you feel “tight” but haven’t lost range of motion, self-massage using foam rollers, balls or other tools can help. If you’ve had an injury, or just a wake-up call from a muscle that tends to alert you there’s something going on, this kind of self-release can keep your body functioning better.

Set aside five-to-ten minutes a few times a week to roll and you’ll clean up some potential imbalances. Many who use foam rolling before exercise report it improves their range of motion. Following exercise, roll to improve the benefit of stretching. Experiment with before and after to find what suits you best and roll with it.

Debra Atkinson

By Debra Atkinson

Debra Atkinson Is the founder of the Flipping 50 movement and host of the Flipping 50 podcast and TV show available on your iphone, ipad, and Apple TV. She is the author of four books including You Still Got It, Girl! The After 50 Fitness Formula For Women and Navigating Fitness After 50: Your GPS For Choosing Programs and Professionals You Can Trust.

Debra is a contributing blogger on the Huffington Post, ShareCare, Prime Woman, and Livingbetter50. She provides solutions for women approaching 50 or who have already turned the corner on what to eat, how to move, and the mindset for lifestyle change with hormone balance that will make the next years as the best years. Find her resources here.