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Fitness Essentials

A guide to mobility

Ever do a quick hamstring stretch at the end of a workout before calling it day? Most of us are guilty of neglecting our stretches at times, but mobility is more important than you might think.

It can be tempting to skip mobility training. The truth is, it's easy to ignore issues caused by low mobility. You can move fast, lift heavy, sit all day and still feel pretty good!

However, at some point, you're likely to feel its impact in the form of an injury or chronic pain. With our lives being more sedentary than ever, it's never been more important to include mobility in your workout routine. Stretching supports the natural movements our bodies were designed to perform, giving you a better range of motion, injury prevention and improved athletic performance.

The good news is that mobility is also lower impact form of training, meaning it's great for everyone from beginners to pros.

The Best of Mobility

The benefits of regular mobility are wide ranging but some of the most positive include; better range of motion, injury prevention and improved athletic performance. As you get better at the specific movements of an exercise, you mobility gets better too. For example, practising regular leg stretches to get a better runner’s stride.

Mobility Techniques

There's several ways you can improve your flexibility & mobility. Whether you enjoy a relaxing stretch before bed or a power yoga class, finding the type that suits you will help you make it part of your fitness routine that you genuinely enjoy.

  1. Static stretching means holding a stretch position that’s held from 10 to 30 seconds. It's a common and 'traditional' way to stretch, and is best performed after your workout or a warm up in order to get the best results and prevent injury.
  2. Dynamic stretching is performed by repeatedly moving through a comfortably challenging range of positions, such as during a yoga routine. This type of stretching is a great option if you find mobility work boring, or if you're looking for a way to reduce stress.

Not flexible?

Can't touch your toes? Remember: not working on your mobility because you think you're too inflexible is like not drinking water because you're too thirsty! The more you practice, the more you'll develop your flexibility, and the more your body will thank you.

You can find simple & effective stretching workouts in Seven. From a Yoga Stretch to Back Flex, find them all in the Library under Mobility.

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