So, now you might be wondering how to improve your mobility. First off, it is important to realize mobility and flexibility (just like strength) are influenced by our genetics and personal history of injury and exercise. But we can always improve. You may not be able to do the splits or put your feet behind your head, but you can increase your comfort when you do have to reach to your physical limits.
When I work mobility I like to focus on these problem areas: hips, shoulders, knees, ankles, wrists and back (upper, mid and lower). If you’ve experienced trouble in these areas, or others, here are three key steps to help loosen the areas up:
Sometimes excruciating but usually effective, foam rolling is essentially a self-massage technique to help you release tight spots in your muscles. If you’re unsure how to begin, there are many videos on youtube to get you started.
These are exercises that are specifically geared towards training your range of motion around joints. Ask your personal trainer, or group instructor for drill ideas if you have specific goals in mind.
This isn’t always necessary, especially if you’re a naturally bendy person stretching can make your joints more vulnerable to injury than if you just left it out. But if you’ve always been fairly stiff, and it’s stopping you from performing exercises correctly, you may benefit from including dynamic stretching as part of your warm up, and longer static stretches for after your workout.
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