As a kid, you don’t think about exercise, you’re just active. But if you eat like most adults do today, you need some form of exercise to combat all the excess calories. When I started running in 2010 as a way to burn calories, I chose running because it was cheap and I could do it anywhere. It really didn’t require any special equipment, and I didn’t have to GO to the gym to workout – I would just walk out my front door and start running.
Not long after I started to build up some distance, I was noticing I was having pain down the side of my right leg. I had no idea that running was probably the contributing factor, or how to eleviate it. Yoga helped some, but using a foam roller helped the most, especially after long runs. I not only use my foam roller for my legs, but my back, neck, even sore triceps after any tough workout. But I ran across this article with a helpful diagram and video the other day and was shocked to see that I might be rolling in the wrong place.
I can’t say his method is the right one for you, but i tried it and I sure did feel it in my tensor fascia latae, because I had been spending so much time focusing on the IT band itself. I will keep up my efforts and hopefully that will continue to alleviate some of my tight muscles in my legs.