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The Best Foam Products for Fitness Enthusiasts

The benefits of exercise are well-documented and widely touted by health fanatics and professionals alike, but traditional exercise methods such as running or weightlifting may be difficult for some because of injuries, physical capabilities, or access to exercise equipment. Fortunately, there are alternatives that offer low-impact and in-home exercises that save travel time and gym membership money – and one of those is foam rollers. Whether you prefer traditional exercises or alternative methods, Foam by Mail offers a wide selection of foam products that serve as excellent exercise accessories for enhancing your workouts and improving your health.

Using Medical Foam Body Wedges

Adding foam exercise products to the simplest exercises can work muscles harder and access groups that may not have been reached using traditional methods. One of the easiest ways to maximize simple exercises is with a medical foam body wedge.

Medical Foam Body Wedge
Medical Foam Body Wedge

Available in heights of 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 inches, these foam wedges are firm enough to add a boost in angle to increase the productivity of a workout. Leaning against it or using it as a leg or body bolster can add a new dimension to abdominal, oblique, back, and other core exercises. A support wedge can also be used to reduce angles for people who have difficulty with traditional exercises or a limited range of movement.

Optimizing Your Workout with Polyethylene Rollers

One great way to optimize a workout is with balance exercises. For people reluctant to invest in gym memberships or wary of falling off of an inflated balance ball, Foam by Mail manufactures high-density polyethylene cylinders that act as foam rollers, which provide a safe, easy, and cost-effective alternative to traditional gym equipment. Available in a selection of diameters from 1-1/2 inches up to 6 inches and lengths of 17, 35, and 70 inches, these rollers can adapt to any use. They’re firm enough to support weight without being uncomfortably hard and can be used in various exercises like push-ups, sit-ups, and crunches, or as a yoga or Pilates foam roller.

But how do foam rollers work? Well, when placed under the back, the angle of sit-ups and crunches is increased, with a greater range of motion working muscles more intensely. Rollers can be placed under the hands when performing pushups to force additional muscle tension through balance. These rollers can also be split down the middle, creating a semi-circle for those wanting balance tension with more stability. Other types of foam roller exercises can be performed with rollers under the legs, side, or back. A foam roller can also help with performing a self-massage, stretching, and relaxing muscles and tendons. Placing the roller on the ground and rolling body weight over creates a targeted massage exactly where it’s needed. Learn more about foam rolling in our post, “The Best Foam for Exercise Equipment”.

Upgrade Your Exercise Surface with Gym Rubber or Exercise Mats

A cushioning, protective surface is an important part of exercise as well, allowing for enhanced traction and support without unnecessary pressure being placed on points of the body. Foam by Mail manufactures numerous materials that excel as exercise flooring, whether on a large scale for filling an entire room or personal mats that can be rolled up and taken with you.

One of the most popular floor coverings for exercise is gym rubber because of the stability and support it offers while protecting and cushioning users. A dense, shock-absorbing material, this high-density foam provides many beneficial qualities for exercise use. Durable and flexible, its vibration and shock-absorbing qualities mean the movement and energy of one person on the matting will not affect another. It is moisture-resistant and features smooth outer skin that can easily be wiped down or cleaned after workouts. Gym rubber is available in sheet form for covering large spaces and may also be cut into interlocking tiles that can be constructed into temporary matting that is able to be made larger or smaller and easily disassembled/stored when finished. This is particularly useful for facilities that utilize single rooms for multiple types of exercise classes.

For personal use, Foam Factory also manufactures closed-cell exercise mats on a smaller scale in a variety of materials. Available in gymnastic rubber, cross-linked polyethylene foam 2lb colors (XLPE),

Blue XLPE For Exercise Pads
Blue XLPE For Exercise Pads

and neoprene, these mats can be custom cut to any length, width, or thickness desired. Excellent for Pilates and yoga, personal mats can be used by any individual looking to exercise on a softer surface without sacrificing stability. These mats can soften pressure points while doing sit-ups or crunches and provide a surface that won’t slide during stretches or poses. Like the gymnastic rubber, neoprene and XLPE are moisture-resistant and can easily be wiped down and cleaned after use. They are also both durable, flexible materials that absorb shock well.

Stay Active with Foam by Mail Products

Given the proven benefits of exercise, staying active is worth the effort, no matter how you choose to do it. Whether you have injuries or health issues keeping you from particular exercises, are uncomfortable with certain workouts, or are looking to optimize your current exercise regimen, Foam by Mail’s support, padding, and safety products can help you get the most out of your workouts.

Note: Foam by Mail will not have any liability to anyone for incidental or consequential damages or any other liability, injury, loss, or damage arising out of or related to our products, even if Foam by Mail or an authorized representative of Foam by Mail has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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