01 Nov Mobility, do you do it?
Being mobile is a crucial aspect of being healthy. If you are not able to move a joint through its full range of motion, then you are already putting yourself at an increased risk of injury before even attempting to pick up a weight and load that range of motion.
There should be a period of time either before, after training or even on a separate day that is dedicated to improving mobility. Something as little as 5-10 minutes daily can be enough to see progress. One of the most common reasons you feel like you can’t perform is because you aren’t able to get into the positions and postures that you want. It’s much easier to do a little mobility work every day to preserve it than it is to lose it and have to work to get it back. 5 minutes a day goes a long way. So let’s explore the reasons behind why this is so important in life and training: –
It decreases chance of injury– This should be a given and is by far the most important. Any restrictions to a freely moving joint pose a possible risk of injury.
Keeps joints healthy- When doing mobility exercises, the joint being targeted is commonly referred to as being “warmed up.” What is actually happening is that blood is being moved to the surrounding tissues and synovial fluid (fluid in our joints which helps them glide) into the working joint. This will help to free the joint up and allow better movement.
Become stronger- If our movement is restricted in a squat and we can only go down to just above parallel, how strong would the squat be through its full range of motion if we are not able to train the bottom of the movement? Not very strong at all. This can be applied to every exercise. If our mobility is limiting a full range of motion, then we can’t strengthen all parts of the movement.
Time efficient- Mobility exercises are quick, easy, and effective. A full upper body or lower body routine can be completed in 5-10 minutes making it optimal as a warm-up or cool down. Full body routines can be implemented on non-training days as well and should take no more than 15-20 minutes.
These are just some basic reasons why implementing mobility work into your routine should be done for a body maintenance perspective. To get the most out of your training, your body needs to be healthy. A healthy body leads to longevity and living a comfortable life. Living a comfortable life then leads to living a happy life. I think setting aside 5-10 minutes a day is a reasonable amount of time to pay for a happier life don’t you?
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