THE SITUATION: A major key to staying active is avoiding injuries. More and more people are discovering that a foam roller is a great way to stretch those back and leg muscles to combat the stress that comes from running, cycling and other repetitive-motion sports. Till now the rollers have been basic cylinders made of foam. But a new design may change that thinking.
AN ANSWER: The RAD Helix Roller isn’t a cylinder, at least not in the true sense. It looks more like two lava lamps attached at their bases. But the shape mirrors the curves in your lower back, which allows the roller to better engage the muscles there. While lying on your back, you roll back-and-forth on top of the Helix, up and down your back to massage the muscles and help eliminate toxins that build up in exercise. The same goes for the upper back and neck.
While specifically designed for the back and neck, it works well on your hips, quads, hamstrings and calves, just like a traditional foam roller.
THE DETAILS: The Helix’s compact size (12.5 inches long by 3 inches in diameter) makes it easy to store, and the high-density foam won’t break down over time. It comes only in gray and weighs 1 pound.
AVAILABILITY: For more information, go to radroller.com.