Carla’s Favorite Things…Rollga

Friends, the chase is still on for that perfect gift! And I am still not Oprah, but I will continue my favorite things theme today with something I would not want to live without. Need a gift for your favorite athlete, or an idea for yourself? Look no further than Rollga!

Nearly 18 months ago, I was picking up my race packet and attending the Med City Marathon Expo when I met Tim. I was instantly drawn to him, as he was rolling around on an intriguing new item. Before I even knew what happened, I was rolling around on one too!

Friends, I’d been no stranger to a foam roller, but we were far from friends. In my opinion they were torturous devices designed to prolong this runner’s agony, OOPS, I mean a tool to massage sore, tight muscles and promote recovery. I used them frequently, but OUCH! Anyway, there I am rolling on a Rollga Roller and look at my face…I’m not grimacing in pain. Why? The secret lies within those grooves. It actually felt GOOD!

Good enough to go home with one! Wow, did I use that thing often throughout the next six months of races. We were kind of inseparable…

It got to the point where I’d leave the gym following my workout and stretches and foam roll at home. Why? Because my gym doesn’t have Rollgas yet…but I think that’s about to change!

I should mention I was especially impressed that this crafty fitness gadget was developed right here in Minnesota!

This past summer I was out in Vegas at the IDEA Health and Fitness Association World Convention’s enormous expo. And who did I run into but Tim! Rollga’s unique design and comfort had caught on around the world…how fun is that?!?

By that time my Rollga and I had become one!

Earlier this fall I was in the area and decided to drop by the Rollga Headquarters in Sartell, MN. Not only did the generous creators Tim and Taggart roll out the welcome mat, they treated me to a tour, the history of Rollga’s evolution and some amazing product…a special green one for me and others to share, wink, wink!

And if that’s not cool enough, they introduced me to their latest creation…the Rollga Activator 3in1 Helo Massage Ball. This little guy travels with me all. the. time.

 

Friends, if you have pain anywhere or know someone that does, this little gizmo would make the perfect stocking stuffer. Why? Well I can’t explain everything it does, heck, I can’t explain it at all haha! All I know is this little miracle ball allows you to…”restore movement while trigger point locators relax unwanted tension.” And I don’t know about you, but I have plenty of tension to relax! The Activator has become a tool I don’t even think about using. It’s pretty mesmerizing and somehow seems to seek out tight spots all on it’s own. In my mind it could become the addictive fidget spinner for adults!

What a great opportunity it was to meet Taggart and see the Rollga operation in action. I continued on my way and spent the week doing some soulful, restorative yoga and Rollga off the end of a dock.

I’m glad to say that new Rollga and I are best buds. It has gently allowed me to roll lots of knee inflammation away. I discovered another great use on that trip. I had a pretty rotten headache off and on for a few days and the Rollga helped me suppress it simply by lying the back of my head against the center ridges. No medication necessary!

Tim and Taggart informed me of a fantastic tool to help make Rollga a part of my everyday routine…

The Rollga app is a valuable guide, almost like having a trainer right there with you at all times, demonstrating the many possible uses for optimal relief. You can find this handy tool in the app store for your smart devices.

If you are still looking for that perfect present for those fitness enthusiast friends and relatives, or someone who suffers from frequent muscle aches/tension/pain…take a moment to check out Rollga’s website for some amazing gift ideas!

Rollga, one of my favorite things…it’s one more way to put our Best Foot Forward!

Carla’s Favorite Things…OOFOS!

Friends, it’s that time of year…the chase is on for the perfect gift! Although I’m not Oprah, I thought I’d take the opportunity to showcase some of my favorite things this week, in case you are at a loss for some great ideas.

I became acquainted with OOFOS recovery footwear in 2015, when I was actively preparing for my first half and full marathons. My feet were exhausted after those long training runs and when I slipped on my original OOlala Sandals, it felt as if I wasn’t even touching the ground…like I was walking on clouds!

I love sharing with people my testimonial about fininshing my first marathon (Honolulu-exactly 2 years ago today). Immediately after crossing that finish line I peeled the shoes and socks off my weary feet and slid into those sandals. My feet experienced prompt relief…so much so, I was able to comfortably walk another mile back to our beach condo. I quite literally felt the OO!

As the months passed, I completed many races, each time relieved to know my OOFOS were waiting for me at the finish line…

It’s just a relief you can’t fully experience until you replace pain with comfort…

 

Those were all races I completed in warmer climates throughout the winter/spring. So when things warmed up here in the midwest, I kept running!

 

Yeah, I ran until I couldn’t anymore…curse that knee injury! Very soon after that the dreaded runner’s knee settled in too. And ever since that, osteoarthritis has become my constant companion. What a pain!

But here’s the cool part, Friends. I realized each time I wore any of my OOFOS footwear, the pain was significantly diminished! This resulted in a decreased need for pain meds…how cool is that?!?

I’ve continued to experience pain off and on for over a year. I dread tasks that require me to be on my feet for hours on end, so imagine my excitement when OOFOS generously mailed me this care package…OOcloogs and OOmgs!

I put them to the test immediately! I’ve been repping Fitbit products at Best Buy this holiday season and a day of retail in “support” dress shoes nearly killed me! These arrived just in time…that first shift I switched to the OOmgs, I completely understood the name.

 

It was seriously an entire day of me thinking OMG, how did they do this! Not only did my feet, ankles, knees and legs not hurt at the end of that shift, but I was ready for more! Those OOmgs are a total game changer for the remainder of the holiday retail season and beyond…not. even. kidding!!!

As for the OOcloogs, I’ve had a snazzy pair of their Luxe clogs in the past. But OOFOS just keeps wowing me with new products…how fun are these new Geo OOcloogs?!?

 

I can’t thank OOFOS enough for continuing to meet my ever-changing needs! Their perfectly engineered, shock absorbing technology and attention to fashion will keep me coming back again and again, Friends! Whether you are looking for fitness recovery or relief from injury, arthritis, or plantar fasciitis, do your feet a favor and stop over at the OOFOS website!

One more way to pur our Best Foot Forward!