Mobility is so important in every day life. It is all so easy to get caught up in wanting to lose weight and to look good. As a personal trainer I hear of so many women and men focusing their training on an aesthetic goal, opposed to a more functional goal of aiming for good mobility.
As great as it is to look good, to take such over your health and mobility would not be a wise move. So I’d like to take a moment to help educate on what mobility is and why it is important to focus on it, irrespective of one’s age.
Mobility vs Flexibility
Being able to move freely without stress on the body is how ‘mobile’ one is as an individual. Flexibility is not the same, but it does work hand in hand with mobility, as it is dependent on the range of motion of our muscles. Mobility is important to have at any age, and even more so as one ages because the process of ageing can take its toll on the body. In your late teens and early twenties, one can train a lot as your body recovers quickly. Stretching and mobility are not a primary focus as you still benefit from the natural flexibility you had during your childhood. As you move into your thirties, you may begin to feel that many moves have become laboured and even difficult. This is the time to act, if you have not already incorporated mobility training into your exercise regime.
Mobility training is so beneficial as it can improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles, and also assist to improve overall posture. This type of training can also reduce the occurrence of every day aches and pains. It is best to incorporate this type of training into your exercise regime to also help promote your recovery.
It’s never too late
By the way its never too late to start! You can always improve your mobility, whatever your age right now and the results will be felt initially rather than seen. Consistency is key to mobility training. You must dedicate regular time and sessions to it and you will see an increase in your range of motion and your overall fitness performance. Lower back or knee pain can benefit from mobility training.
If you suffer with either I am here to help. Send me an email to arrange to discuss your needs and how I may be able to help.