“I want to work on being fit so I can age less as I age!” This studio visitor nailed it!
Those words are what many of our clients tell me. They want to work with our personal trainers not because they want to be younger. But because they want to age less as they get older.
I feel extraordinarily young when I am in the gym and my muscles are burning, my heart is pumping, my breathing is deep and I have sweat rolling down my face.
I LOVE IT!
My body is in its glory, and my mind is confident – knowing that I am doing things that push back the calendar and the process of aging.
But there are other times – times when my body’s movements (or lack thereof) validate the reality of the my age. I am 58 years old and even though I am strong and fit, I can feel that my body is aging. My joints get stiff. My muscles are tight and tense. And uninvited, annoying aches and pains have taken up residence in my body.
It takes more than strong muscles, strong bones and well-conditioned lungs and hearts to keep us moving in our older years. We need mobility too!
Strength training and cardiovascular conditioning are not always the answer for counteracting the physical effects of aging. They are essential, but they are not the complete answer. Adding mobility work to the mix is a vital piece of the puzzle.
[Here’s a recent blog post that speaks to more of these details: Get Rid of Stiffness that Makes You Feel So Old.]
A simple definition of mobility is the ability to move your body safely through the healthiest range of motion possible. Being mobile means being able to confidently do things like sit down and stand up without pain and stiffness, get out of your car with ease, or to bend and twist your body with minimal limitations. Being mobile also means having healthy joints and muscles that enable us to live the active lives we envision for ourselves.
Working on mobility focuses on:
Creating balance and symmetry in your movements.
Enhancing the range of motion in your joints such as shoulders, hips, ankles and the spine.
Lengthening your muscles.
Releasing muscle tension.
Strength training and cardiovascular exercise can help address mobility. But only to a certain degree. Training for the healthiest range of motion is not a primary goal of these modes of exercise. Pure mobility work requires a concentrated effort of analyzing your movements and looking for asymmetries and imbalances. Once identified, specific exercises can be performed to improve these conditions.
Enhancing mobility also requires stretching your muscles and gently moving your joints through their fullest range of motion. Massages, stretching programs, and foam rolling/myofascial release tools help alleviate deep-seated muscle tension. Performing mobility exercises with consistency will improve movement in your joints.
But who wants to figure out how to do all of this? Let alone do it with proper technique and with consistency. Not many of us. Make it easy on yourself and get better results than you can on your own – call us at Strand Fitness. We can put together a mobility plan just for you!
Get rid of the stiffness that makes you feel so old!
Contact Pam (630-653-8152 or email email@example.com) to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation fitness consultation.
We’ll get you moving with more ease and with fewer aches and pains!
Read more about our Mobility and Movement Solutions by clicking here: Mobility and Movement Solutions
Strand Fitness is a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630 653 8152; firstname.lastname@example.org) and schedule your free fitness consultation.
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