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“Mobility” v. “Flexibility”

“Mobility” v. “Flexibility”

 

“Mobility” v. “Flexibility”

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🤷‍♂️What’s the difference between them and why should you care?🤷‍♂️

The benefits of implementing a good mobility and flexibility routine are undeniable. They range from (no pun intended) 📉 decreased joint pain & better quality of life👍 to improved overall performance, whether an athlete or anyone seeking to be fit and increase longevity.💪

Oftentimes, we get so caught up in “Train Your Body”, “Build Lean Tissue”, “Burn Calories”, that we forget about everything else that goes along with a proper training program.

For example, fueling the body with proper nutrition 🍓(most people do this incorrectly if they remember to give it proper focus at all). 

🤦An even smaller percentage of us remembers to take care of the body in regards to mobility and flexibility. But why should you care about them at all? 

“Mobility” v. “Flexibility”

🤷‍♂️What’s the difference between them and why should you care?🤷‍♂️

The benefits of implementing a good mobility and flexibility routine are undeniable. They range from (no pun intended) 📉 decreased joint pain & better quality of life👍 to improved overall performance, whether an athlete or anyone seeking to be fit and increase longevity.💪

Oftentimes, we get so caught up in “Train Your Body”, “Build Lean Tissue”, “Burn Calories”, that we forget about everything else that goes along with a proper training program.

For example, fueling the body with proper nutrition 🍓(most people do this incorrectly if they remember to give it proper focus at all). 

🤦An even smaller percentage of us remembers to take care of the body in regards to mobility and flexibility. But why should you care about them at all? 

Click here to watch the PodCast!

Let’s dive in…👇

Mobility and Flexibility are important factors that help keep us young, energetic, mobile, and injury-free (to the highest extent possible…no one can ever guarantee that they won’t get injured). 

First, it’s important to note the key differences between “Mobility” and “Flexibility”.

⏩Mobility is the ability of a joint to move through it’s range of motion (actively).

⏩Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to “temporarily” lengthen (passively).

Both are important and are certainly related to one another. For example, working to improve one’s flexibility will inherently cause one’s range of motion to be improved (in most cases). On the flip side of that coin, one’s ability to improve their mobility should have a positive impact on their flexibility in relation to the related muscle(s) or muscle group(s). 

🤷‍♂️So what program(s) should you implement now? First, you should ask yourself, “Self…do I have any areas of my body that are particularly ‘tight’, troublesome, or do any movements cause me pain?”… 🤔

If you can come up with some answers, that’s where you should start. You can build and add in layers from there. 

Don’t expect to fix everything all at once. We want “Progress”, not “Perfection”. 😉

Begin to implement a mobility routine 2-4x/week and a separate (can be paired with the mobility) flexibility routine 2-4x/week; each for about 10-25 minutes. 

You can do these while watching late night TV📺, morning meditation🧘, while watching your kids’ sporting events🏅, etc. 

Ensure you’ve gone through a solid warm-up prior to working on passive flexibility (stretching the muscles beyond their normal resting point). 

Think of your muscles like a piece of gum. When that gum is cold or frozen, it’s hard and brittle. If you bend it, it’ll snap, and we don’t want that for your muscles. But when that gum has been sitting in the hot car for 3 days, it’s super pliable. I hope that make sense

Biggest key here? Staying consistent…👊

Begin your plan, continue with your plan, and you’ll see undeniable results within only a few weeks!

Click here to watch the PodCast!

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