Discover Why Mobility Matters & 5 Ways to Improve Yours

In the world of movement, few concepts hold as much weight as mobility. But what exactly does this mean? Mobility refers to the capacity of our bodies to move freely and efficiently through a full range of motion.

It’s about maintaining flexibility, strength, and stability to carry out daily activities without hindrance or discomfort.

Now, why does it matter, particularly as we advance in years?

As we journey through our 40s and beyond, our bodies undergo natural changes. Muscle mass tends to decrease, joints may become stiffer, and the risk of injury or chronic conditions such as arthritis increases. Enhancing mobility becomes vital to counteract these effects, preserving our independence and quality of life as we age.

Mobility improves; joint health, strengthens connective tissue, enhances range of motion and mitigates pain/ injury!

This is something that I have personally noticed in myself. The more work I do on my hip range of motion, the freer and more comfortable I feel in my pelvis, spine, and groin. I am sitting in deep squats for longer and they feel good, I can hinge and bend down without any discomfort!

If we break this down into what this feels like day to day – It’s picking up a laundry basket with ease. Being able to get on and off the floor, picking up your kids or grandkids without any niggles… Things will hurt less!

So, how can we prioritise mobility in our lives?

The journey begins with awareness and intentionality. Incorporating regular exercise routines that encompass stretching, strength training, and balance exercises can work wonders for maintaining and even improving mobility.

Mindful movement practices like yoga or tai chi can also be particularly beneficial for enhancing flexibility and promoting joint health.

You can start to build some basic mobility practice into your everyday by trying one of the following 5 tips!

5 ways you can work on mobility at home:

1. Daily Stretching Routine: Incorporate a daily stretching routine into your morning or evening rituals. Focus on stretching major muscle groups such as the hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, shoulders, and back to improve overall flexibility and mobility. Ask John for exercises you can do at home!

2. Foam Rolling Sessions: Invest in a foam roller and use it regularly to release tension in muscles and improve range of motion. Target areas of tightness or discomfort, such as the upper back, glutes, and calves, by rolling back and forth gently for several minutes.

3. Yoga or Pilates Classes: Explore online yoga or Pilates classes that emphasise mobility and flexibility. These practices incorporate dynamic movements, stretches, and poses that help increase joint mobility, enhance muscle flexibility, and improve overall body awareness.

4. Joint Mobility Exercises: Incorporate joint mobility exercises into your daily routine to improve range of motion and joint health. Include exercises such as shoulder circles, hip circles, ankle circles, and wrist rotations to gently mobilise and lubricate the joints.

5. Movement Breaks Throughout the Day: Take regular movement breaks throughout the day to prevent stiffness and improve mobility. This is super important, especially as we find ourselves glued to our desks for hours sometimes! Set a timer to remind yourself to stand up, stretch, and move around every hour, incorporating simple movements such as walking, marching in place, or performing desk stretches.

However, if you are completely new to this or would like a little extra support. This is where chiropractic care and exercise coaching come into play.

These professionals are adept at assessing movement patterns, identifying areas of limitation or dysfunction, and devising tailored strategies to address them. Through spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and targeted exercise prescriptions, chiropractors can help restore proper alignment and function to the musculoskeletal system.

Exercise coaches complement this approach by guiding individuals through specific movement protocols designed to enhance mobility, strength, and overall physical performance.

In summary, mobility isn’t just a buzzword floating around the internet – it’s a cornerstone of healthy aging.

By nurturing our bodies with regular movement, seeking professional guidance when needed, and adopting a proactive mindset towards wellness, we can unlock the full potential of our physical capabilities well into our later years.

If you are new to healthy movement and mobility – you can book in with John to assess where you are at OR with Jo get you started!