So one of the biggest “hidden” problems in fitness is a lack of flexibility and mobility.
They may both sound like the same thing, however it is important to understand the difference.
Think of mobility being the umbrella term that refers to how a joint moves. Now think of flexibility as being a term that falls under the umbrella of mobility. It defines if you have proper length of your muscle fibers.
If your flexibility is bad, then your mobility will be bad.
If your mobility is bad, then it could be a range of different issues:
One of the first issues that a client may see is, poor mobility resulting from poor flexibility. Which is why I decided to put together a list of stretches for you to start with!
The Inch Worm: Start in a high plank position, then walk your feet to your hands. Make sure that the knees do not bend and you are pushing your hips towards the sky
The Reach through
Start in a table top position. Keeping the left arm straight reach your right arm through, taking the right shoulder to the floor. Hold for 5 seconds, now rotate your torso so the chest opens up to the right side of the room.
Start in the bottom of a push up with body resting on the ground. Push up through your hands and extend your arms, keeping your hips to the floor.
The Adductor Stretch (if you sit-do this)
Start by standing tall with hips shoulder width apart. Now, step your right leg into a side lunge-making sure that both feet are pointed forward. Reach your left hand towards the right heel. The stretch should be felt in the straight leg.
Hip Flexor Lunge stretch
Start by standing tall with the feet shoulder width apart. Step into a long forwards lunge, keep the back knee as straight as possible. Now brace your core and reach your arms up towards the sky.
Alright! Give these stretches a go and really try to listen to what your body is telling you!
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