The Importance of Mobility Training

fitness healthy living midlife athlete perimenopause Feb 28, 2023

One of the topics I love to talk about is properly programming your fitness plan to meet your goals, acknowledges your current fitness level, address obstacles, and aligns with your why and honors your body’s needs.

There are a few important elements that are part of a well-rounded program

  • Cardio endurance
  • Strength training / resistance training
  • Balance and flexibility training
  • Mobility training
  • Ample rest and recovery

When you first start a program it’s important that you learn the foundation work. This is where mobility is super important.

When you work on mobility and range of motion you are able to go further in your training and when you can go further you are able to increase your strength, improve your bone density, heart health, quality of life and decrease your risk of injury.

But mobility doesn’t just make your workouts easier, they make daily life movements easier . . . and for women going through perimenopause where joint pain becomes all too common, this is a BIG added bonus!

With age comes wisdom and as women in midlife we no longer feel the need to constantly break down our bodies to gain progress. In midlife we’re all about training SMARTER not harder. Gone are the days of little or no recovery, crazy high reps, multiple weekly HIIT workouts, and repeated injuries!!

Incorporating mobility training can help

  • Reduce / prevent Injuries
  • Increased performance
  • Provide a better understanding of your body
  • Improve joint strength
  • Relieve tightness, tension
  • Improved posture
  • Increased strength, balance, and flexibility

A few simple ways to work on improving your mobility:

  1. Start with basic body-weight moves [squats, 3 directional lunges, plank walkouts] and work on improving your range of motion
  2. A proper warm-up that includes dynamic stretches and make sure to pay attention to your body - listen to what it is telling you
  3. Foam rolling
  4. If you are working with a trainer or coach talk to them about putting more mobility movements in your weekly plan

The most important thing to remember is mobility training is about moving in a slow and controlled manner. Focusing on moving with intention and tune into what your body is telling you.  Not only will it help improve performance it will help decrease injury. 

>>>To learn more about proper programming, download my FREE guide, The Active Gal's Guide to Staying Healthy, Active, and Injury Free. 

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