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Tips On How To Restore Mobility

Updated: Feb 16

Mobility And Soft Tissue Work

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Maintaining the necessary muscular and joint mobility is pivotal for us to effectively move and engage in activities, including exercise. This not only enhances efficiency but also minimizes undue strain on muscles and joints. Limited mobility, conversely, may prompt compensatory movements that heighten the risk of injury.

So, what's the optimal approach for boosting mobility? Is it static stretching or utilizing a foam roller? Both techniques have their merits and demerits, yet the underlying truth remains: both methods contribute to enhancing muscle and joint flexibility/mobility. Static stretching provides a pleasant sensation and is swift, but it doesn't diminish post-workout muscle soreness. On the other hand, foam rollers can target specific tension spots within muscles, augment mobility, and reduce post-workout discomfort, facilitating faster recovery. Key areas to focus on prior to running generally encompass the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and calves. Be cautious not to roll over bony regions. Concentrate on sensitive points or muscle "knots" for about 30-60 seconds per muscle group before and after running, totaling four to eight minutes in the pre- and post-workout routines.

Lacking a foam roller? A lacrosse ball, tennis ball, massage stick, or rolling pin can serve the same purpose effectively.


Dynamic Warm-Up

Despite the appeal of leaping out of bed or rushing to the gym to kick off your workout, integrating a dynamic warm-up is pivotal in averting injuries. Dynamic warm-ups serve to elevate your body's core temperature and enhance blood circulation to your muscles, thereby better preparing your system for both running and exercising. These warm-ups also ready your muscles in a manner more aligned with their usage during physical activities.

Dynamic warm-up options encompass a range of exercises, such as inchworms, leg swings, Frankenstein's, butt kickers, high knees, or walking lunges.

Following your foam roller routine, couple it with a 5-10-minute light dynamic warm-up. This practice not only elevates your heart rate but also readies your muscles for the upcoming workout, ensuring they are in prime condition.

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