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Mobility vs Flexibility

By April 3, 2019 No Comments

Today we wanted to share and remind why Mobility is key to improved daily movement and health!

Mobility and flexibility are not one and the same!

Flexibility:
“the ability of a muscle or muscle groups to lengthen passively through a range of motion”

Mobility :
“ability of a joint to move actively through a range of motion”.
Mobility also takes into account the component of motor control within the nervous system.

Mobility training is more effective than traditional “stretching” because it is based on movement and motor control.¬†Your central nervous system will limit your mobility based on how much control you have.

You could spend all day stretching to achieve the splits, but if you can’t actively get into that position, consider your split only temporary.

Muscles require strength and stability in order to maintain new found range of motion.

‘When to’ and ‘Why’
Perform mobility work before you exercise.
Movement will lubricate your joints, allowing you to achieve greater ranges of motion more easily.
Mobility work prior to training allows you to strengthen your body in your new and improved range of motion and therefore the effects will last.

To increase and maintain mobility, you need to practice daily.

Move gently and regularly – if you don’t use it, you lose it!

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