Mobility & Functional Movement
Improve your mobility, range of movement and balance with these simple exercises and practices. Our bodies were designed to MOVE! Learn how to counteract the smartphone slouch, laptop hunch, repetitive use injury and sedentary lifestyle. Fostering good mobility in the body can help with injury prevention and recovery, particularly that which arises from poor posture. The mobility work we do now will build and sustain a healthy body into our twilight years.
There’s a misconception that improving flexibility and range of movement requires contorting the body into a pretzel. However, it’s far more effective to practise movements that the body naturally executes for daily function. This needs to be done with self-awareness and attention to technique, reactions, and limitations. Key movement patterns include squat, lunge, push, pull, hinge, twist, and walk.
It is possible for ageing bodies to maintain and improve balance
Proprioception is the perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body. This is essential for quick reflexes and reactions. For example, in response to being thrown off balance. Instability can become a serious problem for elderly people because injuries can lead to illness. Even worse, declining health following an accident can be fatal.
Muscular weakness, unresponsiveness, and pain can all interfere with the body’s ability to react quickly. When balance is challenged, the correct muscles must be prepared to engage quickly and counteract external forces.
As the body ages, the visual and vestibular aspects of balance are likely to deteriorate. But proprioception can be preserved. Therefore, the strengthening and mobility work we do now — and continue to do in later years — will be greatly beneficial to preserve our sense of balance.
Let’s get moving!
Most of my yoga classes have specific poses and movements integrated to help improve mobility and balance. Following me on YouTube for more online yoga classes.
View the “Function and mobility” playlist below. Click here to view on YouTube.