Strength vs Mobility as You Age: Which Matters More?

Strength vs Mobility as You Age: Which Matters More?

  • Gravity
  • Poor Posture
  • Sports or activities that move your body unevenly, like golf or tennis
  • Whether you use your body through the day
  • How much you move move your body
  • How well you sleep
  • Your food choices

Tight vs short

Tight

Short

Contracted vs Strained

What do you do?

  1. Pay attention. When do you feel tight? What were you doing prior? Which part of your body feels tight?
  2. Once you understand the possible source of your tightness, move your body in the opposite direction. That might be stretching, that might be contracting or strengthening, that could also mean foam rolling.
  3. Work to achieve for balance. With repetitive exercises, like running or biking, you’ll want to balance your exercise with some sort of cross training. Because you move in only one plane with these activities, you’ll want to do something that moves you through the other planes of movement. Yoga, pilates, and weight training are activities that stretch and strengthen your body, while moving you through multiple planes. Cross training helps your body feel stronger, more mobile, and better over all.

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