Improving your mobility is exactly like the training programs that they sell on infomercials. 10 minutes a day is all you need. Do it while you watch TV. Simple quick and easy. All those seemingly bullshit tag lines that they use for the instant abs 5000 program are not so shit when it comes to mobility.
Here’s an example of magical infomercial training
Mobility training isn’t sexy, it’s not particularly hard and it doesn’t give you that instantly gratifying feeling like you’ve done something. The key to improving your mobility is CONSISTENCY. It is the repeated consistent effort of moving your joints and connective tissues through a full range of motion that leads to lasting change.
Think of how you ended up with less than stellar mobility, what caused it? There wasn’t one incident that did it, it was the accumulated effect over time. Repeated bouts of limited motion. Lots of strength work, which generates tension and a very little relaxation work. If that is how a lack of mobility arises; a little stretching here and there is not going to create major change. Not saying that it won’t have an effect, but daily effort will have the greatest effect. All you need is 10 minutes, maybe less. Just a short amount of time. That is a 3 to 4 song playlist or just one Metallica song. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do some stuff that takes your joints through a full range of motion that doesn’t not cause unnecessary pain.
Some things to remember:
· Mobilize with intent
Think about what you’re doing. Mobilize with purpose and have a reason why you do things
· Focus on specific areas or restricted movements
It’s good to keep the whole body loose, but have a specific area to focus on for a session
· Consistency creates the change
Your consistency in doing the work is what will get you the results.
If you check out our Vitamin M page there are some ideas of things that you can do. Joe Defranco has a cool routine that you can use. There are tons of resources you can use. Make the time and do the damn thing. It’s simple.