As we age, it's important to maintain our flexibility and mobility for healthy bodily function. Many people often confuse mobility and flexibility as the same thing, but they are actually different concepts. Mobility vs. Flexibility - Flexibility is the ability of a muscle to stretch and lengthen, while mobility refers to the ability of a joint to move freely and easily through its full range of motion.
Mobility training is essential for maintaining healthy joints and preventing injuries, especially as we age. It involves exercises that help improve joint mobility and stability, as well as increase flexibility and strength in the muscles that surround the joints.
One of the biggest benefits of mobility training is that it helps improve posture and alignment. When we have good posture, we distribute our weight evenly throughout the body, which reduces strain on the joints and muscles. Good posture also helps prevent injuries and reduces the risk of chronic pain.
Mobility training is also great for improving athletic performance. When our joints are more mobile, we can move more freely and easily, which can improve our agility, speed, and power. It's also great for reducing the risk of injuries, as mobility training can help strengthen the muscles and connective tissues that support the joints.
But why is mobility training important in addition to flexibility training?
While flexibility is important, it's not enough on its own. We need good mobility to move through our full range of motion with control and stability. Without good mobility, we are more prone to injuries and chronic pain.
So, how can we improve our mobility? One great way is to incorporate mobility exercises into our workout routine. NOGA Relax, our stretch class and training, is a great way to do this. Our classes are like meditation for the muscles, where we help you relax and release tension in your body, as well as offer mobility exercises for your hips, shoulders, and back.
Here are a few examples of quick mobility exercises you can do at home:
Hip Circles: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your hands on your hips. Slowly rotate your hips in a circular motion, making sure to move through your full range of motion. Do this for 10-15 reps in each direction.
Shoulder Rolls: Sit comfortably or stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your arms relaxed at your sides. Slowly roll your shoulders forward, then up, then back, then down in a circular motion. Do this for 10-15 reps in each direction.
Cat-Cow Stretch: Stand on your hands and knees with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Inhale as you arch your back and lift your head and tailbone, then exhale as you round your spine and tuck your chin to your chest. Do this for 10-15 reps.
Incorporating mobility training into your routine can have significant benefits for your overall health and wellbeing. So, make sure to prioritize mobility along with flexibility, and check out NOGA Relax for a comprehensive and enjoyable mobility training experience.