Mobility is your ability to move, and mobility training encourages your muscles to move well. We have all experienced that feeling of, “owww...?” and not being able to move due to pain or discomfort. Perhaps there’s a limp, or an avoidance to move a certain way. This inability to move properly means you have “limited mobility,” making it harder to do all that you want to do in a day including your training. Taking time (even a little bit of time) every day to focus on your mobility is part of your foundation to moving, feeling, and performing better.
The timing of your mobility training can be quite purposeful and meaningful, too. For example, certain mobility drills prior to training are better to loosen up your body and prepare it for all the movement it is about to encounter. Many of the movements with bands tend to fall into this category. These are just a couple of examples of fun with bands:
Start training cold and tight, something’s bound to get messed up (I speak from experience :-) It’s better to be targeted with your mobility training to make sure you’re getting the most out of your sessions, especially if you're busy and have limited time. Other mobility drills, such as soft tissue work, is best done after training when you are already warmed up and will have a greater impact. Of course it is good to fit in any mobility training you can at any time of the day, but if you are short on time, you especially want to make sure that you mobilize with purpose.
Mobility Jedi Master (aka Dr. Kelly Starrett) likes to say to work on your mobility for at least 10 minutes a day, but more is okay too! 10 minutes is nothing in the course of a day. That’s about the time of 2 commercial breaks, 1 episode of your favorite vlog, or about 3 of your favorite songs. You can also incorporate a mobility tool for training time, like the UBALL. I keep one by the TV and use it when watching the news (I think that's what you’re supposed to do when you get older), sports, or a movie. It’s small enough that I can store it away in the TV stand so the living room doesn’t look messy, makes for a happier wife ;-)
Here I was working out some tightness with the UBALL on our living room floor as I watched Ice Age Part 32 (or seems like there's that many) with my family.
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