With the ‘fitness’ culture on the rise and ‘bro-science’ gaining popularity, we all get caught up in the obsession too look ‘swole’, chasing ‘gainz’ and ‘pump’. In all this set and rep – focused haze we forget about what’s really important in the long run. With age, and experience in the gym we will eventually start feeling the ‘wear and tear’ symptoms. Lifting weights, running, calisthenics or any other sport will finally take its toll and we will get an occasional or less occasional pain or ache here and there. Our joints are made for movement but they need to be used reasonably in order to keep them mobile as long as possible. So, if you don’t want to be stiff and sore by the age of 50 you’d better learn about mobility training now. Yes, you! Yes, put that barbell down and listen!
In our twenties we get used to being energized and recovering quickly but it will not last forever so you may as well use that time wisely to turn your body into a well rounder machine which will serve you all the way till old age.
We often choose ignorance and think: ‘it won’t happen to me’ – but it will. For me, it began slowly as an odd knee pain now and then. Pfff, it’s nothing. Actually it can be nothing if you play your fitness cards right. Make space in your fitness schedule for mobility drills rather than just 5 minutes of vague stretching.
What is Mobility?
Mobility refers to our ability to move freely without stress on the body. Our flexibility is dependent on the range of motion of our muscles. The two are not the same, but are not mutually exclusive. Good mobility can assist your flexibility but mobility includes the range of motion in our joints which we often neglect.
So What About Ageing?
It’s important to be mobile at any age. The ageing process can take its toll on the body, so it is important that we stay mobile and supple to combat this. If you don’t work out at all you won’t be able to lift your arms up by the age of 60 but same goes for those who snatch 100lbs overhead every day without proper recovery and mobility drills.
The Main Benefits of Mobility Training
Mobility training can improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. It can assist in improving our posture and alleviate ‘everyday’ aches and pains as well as improve our body awareness. We often tend to think that ‘if it hurts you’d better stop moving it’. WRONG. You just have to be smart about the way you move so slow down, put the weights down and get mobile, improve your muscle flexibility and joint range of motion and your gains will be much more sustainable as you get older.