Do you want to move better?
Do you feel pain when you do everyday tasks?
Are you unsure how to improve?
Are you ready to be active and pain free?
As a professional in the fitness industry I have seen many clients that struggle through these troubles. They feel pain while doing everyday tasks and don’t know what to do to make it better. Here are some tips and techniques to give you the chance to move freely and be pain free!
Being mobile and flexible sounds great! But how do we get there? It’s so much more than doing a quad stretch or ten toe taps at the end of a workout.
Today I’m going to share with you my top 5 tips to living pain free with mobility training.
1. Set time aside
You don’t need to take a huge chunk of time out of your day to do mobility training, however it is important to be intentional about taking time out to do the training. First thing in the morning and last thing at night are great times to do this form of training. Done in the morning it will help you to switch on for the day ahead as you prepare for your day, and will help you be motivated for the day ahead. Done last thing at night it can help your body relax and work out the aches and pains of a full day, allowing you to have a full and relaxing nights’ sleep
2. Some is better than none (not all or nothing)
It is much better to do some mobility training than none at all, even 5 minutes a day has been proven to give significant improvement in movement and pain management. You don’t need to do heaps every day to get results, you will get more benefit if you do more, but just remember that it takes many steps to walk a mile.
Make sure your breathing is slow and steady when you are doing any form of mobility training. Take deep breaths and breathe out slowly. Breathing deeply helps the body relax, this will give you a much better movement as well as helping you focus on the exercise. Doing this can also help you concentrate on the jobs you will be doing later on in the day as your mind will be clearer.
4. Be consistent
Lots of little steps achieve big results. Even doing a little consistently is much better than doing lots every now and then. This is true for all fitness training and it’s also accurate for mobility training. It may seem at times that it is not doing much, but it’s when you stop that you notice how much you have improved. It is totally worth pushing on with mobility training.
5. Measure your progress
In order to keep motivated, it is great to know how far you have already come. The only way to do this is to measure where you start. Some things to ask yourself (and write down) include; on a scale of 1-10 how much does this hurt, on a scale of 1-10 how do you feel generally (sad, happy, content, etc…). It can also be great to take photos of where you are now with different movements so that you can look back and see just how much you have improved!
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