We had some great discussion on injuries a few days ago…so you had to see this post coming. Regular mobility work can prevent a lot of injury. The more you do it the better off you are, and you will enjoy great mobility for the rest of your life. Let’s be the grandma/grandpa who ditches the cane ,and is doing backflips and handstands when our grandkids graduate from college!
How’s your mobility?
When it comes to mobility work you are in one of three situations:
- You regularly work your mobility.
- You know you should work on mobility, but you don’t.
- You are asking yourself right now….What the hell is mobility??
Exercise mobility is the use of active or passive body movement to maintain or restore joint flexibility.
Mobility exercises are not in your typical workout routine. It is actually quite rare to see any workout program insist, or even suggest, that you perform regular mobility exercises. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT STRETCHING! Mobility work and touching your toes for 5 seconds before a workout are totally different. While mobility exercises will stretch your muscles, it is quite different.
Luckily for you and me, Kelly Starrett, DPT, has put together the best blog in the world on this topic: Mobility WOD
The Mobility WOD Tagline:
“All human beings should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves”
The Mobility WOD Program/Blog:
“This blog is intended as a jump off point for athletes to systematically begin to address their nasty tissues and grody joint mobility. Use at your own risk and stop if you think it’s gonna hurt you, your spine is going to come out your throat, or your face goes numb. But, understand that you should be responsible for your own business. Don’t wait until you need a new knee. Pony up.”
Kelly Starrett originally put together the blog for 365 days of mobility. You have to search around his blog a little bit to find the episodes, or you could go to his youtube channel….BUT…..
YouTube has a cool feature where you can share playlists, so I am making a playlist of all 365 episodes for your viewing pleasure. Here is the first playlist (first 200 episodes, because apparently that is the YouTube playlist limit) to get you started.
I am going to do all 365 and I want you to join me!!! I have done some here and there, but I want to do all of them. Maybe not everyday, but as close to everyday as I can.