Use March As a Chance to Help Yourself to a More Mobile Life!
Let’s “March” into a more mobile life through MissionFiT’s newest challenge, focused on Mobility. As we know, MissionFiT’s RESTORE class is an opportunity for you to stretch your boundaries by getting your body flexible and mobile. Since the RESTORE class started up in January, several athletes have taken the time to “stretch” themselves physically & mentally.
March? Maybe I Need A More Mobile Life All Year…
March just kicks off a new challenge for MissionFiT athletes and anyone who wants to get more from their fitness. This new challenge features the RESTORE class specifically and challenges participants to work on a long neglected piece of the fitness picture: Mobility & Flexibility
What’s The “March Into A Mobile Life” Challenge?
How To Access The Sessions:
Then choose your class. Live Classes are Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Thursday Mornings at 6:15 starting the 1st week of March!
The Benefits of Becoming Mobile In March:
We need to wake up the muscles that haven’t been used in a while. So, we use mobilization exercises. This is especially important for newer athletes.
ROM – Range Of Motion. We want you getting the best bang for your buck in movements. For example, when you drop below parallel (with good form) in a squat, you’re getting a TON more out of that, more strength, increasing your flexibility and balance, and even burning more calories….but if we’re not mobile enough to do that, we’re missing out. All you have to do is mobilize and stretch and over time the muscles loosen up and open up enough to allow us to move into that kind of range of motion to get more out of what we’re already doing!
Overuse, Underuse, and Misuse are reasons why our muscles, tendons, joints, etc. get injured. In here, the Overuse or misuse could be reasons why we’re having little injuries here and there. PT movements are great, fitness is great, but if we’re constantly contracting and using these muscles, tendons, joints, etc. they are going to ball up and not feel so great. Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:
- acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
- accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
- not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. As a result, there can be reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.
When we mobilize, we facilitate healing to injured and or “hot spots” in the body. Mobilizing breaks up scar tissue as well as rushes blood to areas while we work on them, which is exactly what facilitates and speeds up healing.
Still Not Convinced?
Listen and read some expert opinions:
- Kingsley Yew, Physical Therapist and Contributor, The Ready State: Yew speaks about the intrinsic muscles in the feet, describing what they are, how orthotics can poorly affect these muscles and what you can do to help yourself.
- Kelly Starrett, Founder of The Ready State: Dr. Starrett shares his morning mobility routine and why it’s important.
- Kingsley Yew shares important information about Frozen Shoulder, specifically, what it is and how you can begin to overcome it.
One More Thing To Remember
So, unless you’re planning to get a weekly deep tissue massage, you going to have to mobilize to prevent injury and pain! Taking care of your body means much more than lifting weight and eating right. Make sure you take time to RESTORE yourself, too!
We have Mobility Balls for Sale!
Alpha = $14
Double Blue = $14