These days in the search for better flexibility, you’re likely to stumble across a bombarding range of different yoga classes and tons of new tools like bands and foam rollers. The assortment of options readily available can make it difficult when deciding upon the right ways for you to increase your mobility.
How Does Mobility Differ From Stretches?
How does mobility differ from the stretches you’ve been doing since forever? Stretching usually focuses solely on the muscle itself. Mobility however is a more all-encompassing practice that addresses multiple elements that influence performance, such as the sliding surfaces (muscles, ligaments, tendons) and the joint and motor control necessary to perform a movement correctly.
5 Tips to Help You Move Better
1. Make mobility personal
While our joints might function similarly on the surface, our bones, ligaments and tendons are all slightly different. This means that not all mobility exercises will work for everyone. You are in charge of deciding what specific area of the body you need to work on most. You’re also responsible for how far you push yourself into the movement.
2. Remember to breathe
Breathing can have a huge effect on how much you benefit from a particular movement. Remember that slow, controlled breathing increases the parasympathetic response, which helps to relax your body and reduce tension.
3. Time it right
Try to hold positions focusing on mobility beyond the typical 30 seconds. Holding a position for two minutes or longer gives the tissues a chance to adapt and you a chance to get comfortable.
4. Tune into pain
Pain is a strong indicator that a specific area needs some work. However this does not mean that all pain is good pain though. It is important to remember that too much pain can actually work against you. Steer clear from anything that hurts excessively. If you’re feeling a burning nerve pain, for example, you’ve probably gone too far.
5. Work mobility into your routine
While mobility exercises can be extremely beneficial, you don’t have to work on these exercises all day, every day. It’s important that athletes get out and practice. Think of mobility as a piece to your training puzzle. Get in the gym to see how you’re moving and what needs some work. Then, work on those specific elements with targeted mobility work. Rest and repeat.
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