Alyssa Sparacino emphasizes the importance of incorporating mobility exercises into one’s workout routine. Mobility training, distinct from flexibility, emphasizes movement capacity and control in different joints and muscle groups. Incorporating these exercises not only prevents injury but also promotes overall health, improves movement efficiency, maintains joint health, enhances proprioception, and improves balance and stability.
- Mobility versus Flexibility: While flexibility pertains to how much a muscle or ligament can stretch, mobility is about the coordination, stability, and flexibility in various muscle groups and joints. It’s the ability of a joint to move efficiently through its full range.
- Benefits of Mobility Training: Such training reduces injury risks, enhances movement performance, maintains joint health, improves awareness of one’s body in space (proprioception), and boosts balance and stability.
- Incorporating Mobility into Workouts: One doesn’t need to allocate additional time for mobility training; it can be integrated into existing workouts or warm-up sessions. Functional unilateral movements, especially those challenging stability in multiple planes, are recommended.