On the Importance of Mobility
Being mobile is an important part of being and feeling healthy. Being able to move freely through a full range of movement reduces the risk of injury when you do have to pick up a heavy object (like a squirming child or a couch) or move through a full range of movement (catching the knocked coffee cup). Spending as little time as 5 to 1 minutes a day can help improve mobility.
Mobility means being able to move a joint with control and strength through a full range of movement. A common reason that people feel unathletic is due to not being able to move freely. This can stop you from wanting to continue or even start exercising. At Pascoe Vale Health and Fitness, we use postural analysis, foam rolling, mobility drills and stretching to get you back to a healthy posture. If your posture is in alignment it can help with joint issues, weight loss, and muscle development.
Here are a few reasons why getting mobile is important for you:
Decreases the chance of getting injured. This is the most important thing to think about. Restrictions and stiffness pose an increased risk of injury.
Improves posture. Being in a good posture before you start exercising decreases aches and pains, and limits pressure on the spine.
It keeps the joints healthy. Warming up the joint up before exercise will Increasing blood flow and synovial fluid in the joint. Which in turn increases blood to the surrounding muscles and tissues.
Assists in recovery from injury. After an injury the body stiffen and tightens up to help protect the area that is affected. Loosening and increasing range of movement of an injured area can help speed up recovery and potential re-injuries.
Increase Strength. The more you can move through a range of movement the stronger you are in that movement and in the joints used. Runners who squat “ass to grass” have decreased chances of injury and increased running efficiency.
It doesn’t take much time to do it. Around 5 to 10 minutes out of your day to do some drills or stretching can make a lot of difference in the long run.
Reduces Delayed Onset Muscular Soreness (DOMS). After a workout tightness and soreness can be an issue for most people. Using foam rolling and mobility drills can lower the severity of the DOMS.
Increase proprioception. Proprioception is the ability to know where you are in space. Increases in mobility are tired to increases in proprioception.