6 Mobility Exercises You Should be Doing
Mobility. Stretching. Who has time for that these days?
I know that it is something I definitely don't make a priority. And I NEED to. We all need to. Mobility is essential.
There are loads of benefits of mobility training. Here are just a few:
It prepares our bodies to undergo the stress of training
It is a vital contributor in reducing injuries
Improves technique and range of motion
Mobility training benefits your workout in ways that a quick warm-up cannot. During mobility training, blood is being moved to the surrounding tissues. Synovial fluid, the fluid in our joints that helps them to glide freely, is carried into the working joints. An example of this would be to perform hip circles to warm up the hips. The blood is transported to the hip flexors, glutes and external rotators, which are the muscles that move the leg. Synovial fluid lubricates the hip in preparation for exercise.
Here is a great picture to reference good mobility versus poor mobility.
The gentleman on the left has great range of motion throughout his kinetic chain to be able to complete the overhead squat movement.
On the other hand, the gentleman on the right likely has tight hips, weak extensibility in his lats, and minimal flexion in his ankles. All which can be improved by incorporating mobility into his daily routine!
I put together six movements that I have started to incorporate into my weekly routine to keep my joints flexible and my muscles active through full ROM. Give them a shot!
1. Half Kneeling Hip Flexor Stretch
2. Thoracic Extension & Twist
3. Reaching Crab Rotation
5. Quadruped Hip Circles
6. Forward Pigeon Pose
I made a quick video that I have shared on Facebook & Instagram so you can see the full movements. Hope you give some of them a try! XOXO