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Mobility Basics: What Is Mobility For?
Mobility is the ability to display the full range of motion around a joint, with control
As opposed to passive flexibility – which is simply about being able to get into or near the end range, with mobility we’re more concerned with having strength in that range.
It’s about being able to enter most positions that most humans should be able to enter and to be relatively comfortable and stable there.
Why is Mobility Important?
3 Big Benefits of Mobility:
1. Freedom Of Movement
If you want be able to play an intense game of hide and seek with your younger family members or have the ability to head out for a spontaneous hike/climb/surf/dance, mobility is a big part of being able you to do that.
Having functional joints lets you assume the necessary positions with ease and subsequently have fun doing everyday physical activities, as opposed to being uncomfortable and seeing them as chores.
Essentially, it comes down to supporting your health-span – increasing your potential to be able to enjoy a higher quality of life for a longer.
2. Injury Prevention
Let’s be clear:
Including some mobility exercises in your training doesn’t guarantee you’ll never get injured.
The reality is when we’re out there having fun, accidents happen.
But having a sound structural base will probably serve you well in everyday movement scenarios and more risky competitive environments.
We know that:
Mobility is one of the foundational traits of high performers, and something I think we’ll see an increasing focus on in coming years.
While strength, endurance and flexibility will vary greatly between, say, a dancer, marathon runner and strength athlete, one thing will likely be common:
They have the range of motion and control (aka mobility) to adapt mechanically sound, efficient positions for their chosen activity.
A better position = increased potential to deliver force and/or perform to your highest standard.
In short, if you can adopt a stable position, you can likely be more efficient with your movements, delivering more force per unit of energy expended.
Not only that, many people I’ve observed that have some kind of mobility practice often find it’s easier to pick up new skills and drill the appropriate technique for said skill.
That could be throwing a punch, learning a new submission or refining your swimming technique.
When you start to develop more control over your body, your performance potential truly skyrockets.
Here’s a diagram demonstrating how mobility is the bedrock upon which all other physical feats are formed:
Mobility–Stability–Performance Build that foundation
Improving Mobility: The Process.
A few important things to consider on your mobility journey:
The age-old answer: It depends…
It depends on how much time you have/want to make, how many restrictions you have (and their severity), and how far you wanna take things.
But mobility doesn’t have to be an all day thing. Your best bet is to start with 10 minutes a day, just focusing on one or two areas.
Play with a few exercise variations for a few minutes each, get that particular challenge up to an acceptable level, then move on to something else.
As you become more comfortable, you learn more about your body and you start to experience the benefits of mobility training, you then might start adding in mini movement breaks, longer mobility sessions etc.
Retrieved from Heromovement.net, written by Luke Jones.
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