We don’t incorporate mobility just for the sake of being more flexible. We don’t even do it only to help us move more easily through a range of motion. Mobility is integral to your training (and everyday life) for a variety of reasons and you can’t progress and stay healthy without it.
While many of us do make time to mobilize, we also tend to get in the habit of focusing just on the “big” parts, like our hips and shoulders. In actuality, there are dozens of tiny muscles constantly working for us and they need mobilization too!
We’ve rounded up our mobility blogs on specific exercises, neglected areas and related tips for improving flexibility, stability, balance and recovery. Start small and throw a few of these into your pre- and post-workout routines and I promise your body will thank you for it. Your performance will improve, recovery will be easier and general wear-and-tear will be more manageable.
Our Best Mobility Exercises
1. 4 Calf Mobility Exercises to Do Post-WOD
Limited ankle range of motion can lead to a whole host of problems, including further issues in your knees and hips. Incorporating the proper stretches and exercises into your daily routine can make all the difference in the world.
2. Shoulder Mobility Tips: 7 Exercises to Improve Range of Motion and Stability
When they are healthy, your shoulders are capable of withstanding a great deal of stress. But when you neglect taking care of all parts of the shoulder (which can mean your back and pecs), injury isn’t uncommon — especially if you spend the rest of the day away from the gym not using your shoulders much at all. These tips can help counter that.
3. Hip Mobility Exercises to Try Post-Workout
Between sitting, training and general aging, our everyday lives typically mean that our hips take a beating. Even just 10 minutes of hip mobility a day (even if you aren’t training!) could help you feel better and avoid injury, pain and other kinds of discomfort.
4. 10 Mobility Exercises for Balance and Recovery
Your day-to-day movement patterns, like your posture, have a monumental affect on your training and overall well-being. These exercises for balance provide endless value and will help ward off injury and pain.
5. The Top 3 Mobility Areas You Might Be Neglecting
Even those of us who are mobility pros often forget these three areas. Are you not giving these joints and muscles enough attention? You might have limited range of motion and you don’t even know it. Here are some simple exercises to start doing.
6. 5 Tips on How to Use a Foam Roller
Sitting a lot can lead to tight, shortened muscle tissues and poor joint mobility. Foam rolling can remedy these issues by improving your range of motion, relaxing the muscle tissues, increasing blood flow and improving lymphatic drainage. We also love foam rollers because they’re affordable and you can take them anywhere!
7. 5 Reasons to Look Forward Mobility
Many of us find mobilizing to be a chore but there are a number of reasons you should enjoy it and make it a regular habit. Learn more about how it will improve your performance and overall daily life.