Flexibility and mobility are sometimes used interchangeably. Flexibility is defined as a muscle or muscle group that lengthens passively through a range of motion. Mobility is the ability of a joint to move actively through a range of motion.
Mobility is essential to our overall quality of life, especially as we age. Our ability to move without restriction or pain means we can comfortably perform daily activities.
Flexibility is also necessary because pain can occur when our body is restricted by inflexibility, and we can’t move through our natural range of motion. That means that everyday activities like getting out of bed, bending down and other daily activities can become more complex.
If not practised, one can lose mobility and flexibility, putting the body at a higher risk of pain, injury, and limited function. Old age is a common reason to lose either, but it can also be due to injury or lack of exercise. Doing weight training and regular cardio can benefit your overall health, but it’s also essential for any movement.
I will shortly start giving sessions focusing on mobility and flexibility, including relaxation.