Mobility + Recovery = Results
The U.S. has more gyms, fitness classes, and more health food stores per person than any other country in the world, but we are still consistently one of the highest ranked for obesity rates and chronic illness. We’re more active in the U.S. than almost any other country, but our obesity rates are still incredibly high. So why aren’t we seeing results?
Recovery. In the U.S. our culture has an “all or nothing” mentality. We work too much, don’t sleep enough, and subject ourselves to copious amounts of mental stress. Stress can affect sleep which is necessary for post workout recover. Nutrition, stress relief, relationships and environment are all contributing factors to recovery. When we don’t see results, we tend to think that training more is the answer, but a serious commitment to recovery may be the answer. After your workout, don’t bolt out the door to move on with your day; take just a few minutes to stretch or roll out with a foam roller. Put your body into recovery mode before you leave the gym.
Another reason for lack of results is behavior. Even though we might be presented with the means to our goal (losing weight, building strength, etc.), we often just don’t do it. The majority of people already know what their next step should be but don’t do it. Sometimes looking at the bigger pictures can be overwhelming, so breaking down your plan into small steps can help you actually start progressing.
Try starting with one daily habit like mobility drills, even just 5-10 minutes in the morning to get moving and loosen up your joints. Simply building these drills into your daily routine can have a major impact on your overall health. Focusing on one healthy habit at a time can have you making progress much more successfully than trying to do a complete lifestyle overhaul.
The Model Health Show (one of our favorite podcasts!) compared mobility drills to flossing. Just like we floss our teeth because we eat, we need to do mobility drills because we sit. When we begin to neglect our body’s mobility, we run the risk of injury. The most common are lower back and disc injuries because when we begin to stiffen up or lose mobility in the upper back or hips, we start to use our lower back which only has three degrees of rotation (compared to upper back, which has eleven).
No matter the ability or age, movement patterns are important for everyone to incorporate into their fitness routine. Scott Abramouski, M43 Fitness owner, has worked with youth athletes, people recovering from injuries, elders, paraplegic athletes, and people at all different places in their fitness journey. He says, “Everyone needs the same movement patterns, just some more advanced than others.” No matter your goal, a focus on mobility and recovery can have you on the road to fitness.