It is common thought that mobility exercises are only for old people or people who have suffered an injury and need to rehabilitate to be able to move again.
To some extent, this is true, but only because younger people think that they don’t need to train for mobility, if you are already mobile, why should you waste time? And so, the majority of people go to the gym and train for strength, power, they want to burn fat, grow muscles and neglect mobility.
But wait until you hit your forties, or maybe even earlier if you have other complications such as being overweight, conducting a sedentary life etc.
Mobility is the ability of the joint to move freely in all directions without causing pain or discomfort. With ageing and lack of movement, the tendons that connect bones to muscles and ligaments that connect bones to each other, start losing elasticity, the production of synovial fluid that provides cushioning between bones decreases and bones start rubbing against each other causing further pain.
Poor mobility will cause even simple everyday tasks such as climbing stairs, standing up from a chair, getting out of bed, picking something up to become more difficult and to contribute to a poorer quality of life. With regular mobility exercises from a younger age, stiffness and pain can be delayed and joints can be kept healthier for longer.
Unless there is a specific contraindication from a doctor, mobility exercises can be performed by anyone and everywhere. Start with slow, small movements and gradually increase the range of movement to stretch to the max but without over doing it. Always control the movements and breath throughout.
It is never too late to start mobility training. Try to be consistent, do some exercises every day and you will soon start to feel better.
In the next couple of weeks I will give you some example of simple movement you can practice at home.