Did you know that 18% of middle-aged men have some degree of mobility limitation?
I’ll be the first to admit it - the older I get, the harder it is to get out of bed in the morning. Those aches, pains, and general tightness can really affect your quality of life.
What is mobility?
Mobility is the overall range of motion a person has within their body, most notably within the joints. Mobility is incredibly important to one's health and daily functioning. Increased mobility prevents you from getting injuries. It allows you to squat deeper, run faster, and train harder. (DocJenFit)
Below is a guide that explains the importance of mobility training and how you can achieve it.
Whether you’re trying to fight back against aging or trying to be back-to-back city league champs, mobility is crucial! Here are a few reasons why you should seriously consider adding mobility exercises to your fitness routine.
As you get older, your balance and coordination decrease. Mobility training can strengthen the muscles responsible for maintaining proper body alignment and stability during physical activities. This will help you improve balance and coordination.
Mobility training can be an effective way to manage chronic pain. By gently stretching and moving the affected joints and muscles, you can reduce stiffness and discomfort.
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Tight or stiff muscles and joints can be more prone to injury. Functional performance exercises can make your muscles and joints strong and flexible. This can help reduce the risk of injuries.
Poor posture can lead to problems such as back pain and poor breathing. Mobility training can strengthen your muscles to support proper alignment. As a result, your posture can improve.
Mobility training can improve your power, speed, and agility. When you improve in all these important components, you will most likely experience good progress in your athletic performance.
Now that you know the importance of mobility for men, you need to start exercising. Here are a few mobility exercises that can be helpful for men:
These stretches help promote the mobility of your hips and lower body. Some examples include lunges, pigeon pose, and warrior II pose.
They help improve the mobility of your shoulders and upper body. Some examples include arm circles, overhead reaches, and doorway stretches.
If you want to enhance your overall flexibility and movement, spinal mobility exercises, like cat-cow pose and bird-dog pose, are ideal.
Dynamic stretches are a great way to improve mobility and prepare your muscles for physical activity. Some stretches to include in your routine are lunges, leg swings, squats, high knees, butt kicks, and arm swings.
Being mobile allows us to lead an active and independent lifestyle, which is vital for maintaining mental and physical health. It’s therefore essential for men to prioritize mobility, whether through regular exercise and stretching or by seeking professional help for any mobility issues.
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