I am back home.
The mastermind meetings in Austin were amazing.
I didn’t see much of the resort or Austin.
I spent most of the day sitting in a conference room.
For me, sitting for long periods is brutal on my body.
So, often I will stand or walk back and forth at the back of the room in order to decrease the pressure on my back and to loosen up my joints.
I was asked by one of the attendees if I had a medical condition that forced me to get up and walk around.
The answer is, no. My back and hips simply get stiff from sitting.
Then after the meetings, I was off to the gym. One thing I did there was work on a few mobility exercises in order to loosen up my body, decrease the stress on my joints, and release tension.
While I was doing these exercises, I started thinking about common mistakes people make when performing mobility exercises.
Make sure you are not making any of these!
5 Mistakes Most People Make When Performing Mobility Exercises
#1 – Everyone Should Do It!
Wrong! Everyone should not be doing mobility exercises.
I know, with the rise of Crossfit, it seems like everyone is doing mobility exercises, but the reality is a lot of people should not be doing them.
For example, people with certain medical conditions should not be doing mobility exercises. Also, if you have an extreme range of motion at a specific joint, there is no point in increasing that mobility as it will lead to more harm than good.
#2 – Promoting Injuries
Most people do the same mobility exercises over and over again. This might be fine for stretching exercises, but this is not the case for mobility exercises. If you don’t change up your mobility exercises, you will likely promote injuries.
#3 – Forgetting About This…
Breathing! Need I say more? Doing this one thing right will provide you with far more benefits from your mobility exercises. Remember, I said “doing it right.”
#4 – Doing It One Way
Some joints need mobility exercises done in only one direction, but most need to be done in multiple directions. For example, in the ankle, mobility exercises need to be done in all three dimensions, not just one.
#5 – Not The Hips!
Most people could use some mobility work in their hips. Maybe not in all directions, but if you sit at work, sit in the car, sit to eat, sit to read, and sit to watch television, there is a good chance you need to work on mobility in your hips.
Now if you want to know what you can do to improve your mobility, how to do the mobility exercises “right” and how not to injure yourself during mobility exercises, check out Ruthless Mobility.