Mobility: The Crucial Foundation of Your Fitness Journey

Mobility is our ability to move our joints through their full range of motion with control. It’s the intersection of flexibility (the passive range of motion around a joint) and strength. Having good mobility allows us to perform exercises with proper form, prevents injuries, and increases our overall performance in both sports and daily life.

Why is mobility so important before we start to load movements with weight or resistance?

Well, mobility sets the stage for good movement patterns. It ensures that our joints are moving freely and that our muscles can control that motion. Without good mobility, our movements can become dysfunctional or inefficient, potentially leading to injury when we add resistance. For instance, if you have poor hip mobility, you may not be able to perform a squat with correct form. Adding weight to a poorly performed squat can then increase your risk of injury.

Furthermore, mobility is fundamental to everyday life. From bending to pick up a bag, reaching up to a high shelf, or turning to look over your shoulder, these movements all require mobility. Good mobility can make these tasks easier and safer, ultimately enhancing our quality of life.

Let’s look at some popular, evidence-based mobility exercises:

1. Inchworms: This exercise mobilizes your hamstrings and shoulders and activates your core.

2. Spiderman Lunge with Rotation: This combines a deep lunge with a thoracic twist, promoting mobility in your hips and thoracic spine.

3. Hip Bridges: Excellent for mobilizing your hip joints and strengthening your glutes.

4. Dowel Passovers: By passing a dowel or broomstick over your head and back, you can enhance the mobility of your shoulders.

Remember, the goal of mobility exercises is not to force the body into extreme positions but to gradually increase the range of motion over time. Consistency is key.

**Note:** As always, consult with a healthcare or fitness professional before starting any new exercise routine to ensure it aligns with your current health condition and fitness level.

Stay healthy, stay happy, and keep moving, everyone!