Ever tried driving an 8-cylinder car on only four of its cylinders? Odds are, that is exactly what you’re doing with your body! Most of us don’t realize that the day-to-day grind of poor movement patterns and awful posture is actually wearing us out more than the donuts you had for breakfast. What’s worse is that most of us realize that we’re slouching, sitting with bad posture, moving poorly and we CHOOSE to do nothing about it and we CHOOSE to let it get worse and worse!
I’m going to lay this out plainly for you; you’re an idiot! If you know better and do nothing about it, you are essentially picking up a firearm and shooting yourself in the foot. Sound harsh? Maybe it is, but maybe it’s what you need to take control of your back pain, or your knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, foot pain, or your wherever pain!
Now that you’ve seen the light and you’re on board with what I’m saying and you’re ready to make permanent, lasting change; I will give you the solution to this debacle. Here it is: mobility! What’s that you say? You’ve never heard of a foam roller? Rather you’ve heard of them, but you’ve never used one and don’t know how to use one? Well, I’m not surprised.
Let me give you the gist of mobility: you use a variety of tools and exercises to stretch, smash, floss, and roll your broken, disfigured posture into more athletic, more natural, better feeling, and more efficient positions. It is beyond the scope of this article to list all the different ways to get your body to be more mobile. There are a TON of ways to get yourself moving better and feeling like an all-star. What I can do for you is get you on the right track and send you to a couple places that will help you learn more about how mobility can help you and why you should be doing it EVERY DAY!!!
The first website that I would highly, highly, highly recommend is http://www.mobilitywod.com/. This website is run by Kelly Starrett, who is pretty much incredible, period. He is a Physical Therapist, gym owner, Crossfit athlete, and comedian (I don’t think he claims this, but he is hilarious to watch). He also has a TON of free mobility videos on YouTube.com. He doesn’t have all of his content online or on YouTube, but there is more than enough to keep you busy for a while.
The second website that is definitely worth following is entitled http://fitnesspainfree.com/. I have personally reached out to the owner of this blog, Dr. Dan Pope. He is a great guy, down to earth, he has been playing the fitness game for a long time and he offers perspective that you don’t find very often. In addition to being a strongman competitor and Crossfit athlete, he proclaims himself to be an amateur gymnast. On top of all that, he holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Win!
There is so much to mobility that it can be very daunting to sift through all the information and try to make sense of it all. Not to mention finding a good place to start! Here is the simple answer on where to start; start where you feel the most pain! For some people it will be the shoulder and others the knee or the elbows and on and on and on the story goes.
The last link I will provide is a quick YouTube search that I plugged in for an area that many people in the 21st century struggle with; the lower back! This link has a plethora of information that will definitely keep you busy if you just start working your way down the playlist of videos. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mobility+wod+lower+back
If you’re still not sure where to start get on YouTube, type in Mobility Wod, then type in the area of your body that hurts, rest assured, you’ll be pointed in the right direction. If you’re STILL unsure as to what to do, come find me and let me train you, I’ll get you squared away.
Now, go forth and be mobile!!!!