Do you sometimes feel pain in your back, knees or hips?
Do you feel like you are restricted in certain movements that you complete?
This could be related to a poor level of mobility you currently have. You might be thinking, what is mobility?
Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily around a particular joint. When mobility levels are poor, this can lead to what is known as a compromised joint. This is when a particular joint lacks full range of motion leading to other joints and muscles having to compensate for this lack of movement. Meaning extra stress is placed on them. Increasing risk of injury and pain. A simple example is poor mobility in the shoulder. If a person is unable to fully extend their arms overhead, it is more than likely they will then push there hips forward, compensating with their lower back, to allow themselves to have that little bit of extra range.
Mobility can become poor overtime due to many reasons such as:
Lack of movement
Sitting for long periods (driving, desk work)
Mobility exercises should be completed regularly, whether it’s before, during or after a workout. If you are not confident in this area, guided forms such as yoga will be extremely beneficial to increasing your mobility levels. Mobility exercises will allow the correct muscle groups to be activated and will adequately prepare the body for movement. Regular completion of mobility exercises will lead to an increased range of motion and decreased levels of pain.
What are the main areas that are tight? Are there simple exercises for this? Over the coming weeks, we will talk about these particular topics!