Article written by Jay Stadtfeld for LiftBigEatBig.com
Many of our daily jobs involve sitting down for an extended amount of time, whether we work at a desk all day, or sit around at night watching TV. As one would imagine, this isn’t good for our bodies and can lead to postural decline and deterioration in the range of motion of a joint. Not good things for anyone, much less an athlete who is apt to attempt performing at their best.
Mobility is defined as, “The ease with which a joint or series of joints is able to move before being restricted by the surrounding structures.”
As you should be able to deduce, as our lives become more sedentary, we get tighter. As a functional human, we have three rights: Train heavy, bang often, and go forage for our food. If you can’t squat, you can’t carry your kill home, nor your wife (or husband, though if you can, he needs to eat) to the bedroom, which would complete the second right, “bang often”.
Below, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite mobility exercises to increase your abilities as a functional human, some are dynamic, others are static. If you are one of those people who think static stretching is the worst thing since bread, you’re a moron and see your way out. Side note: Most of these will be for your hips, since we’re focusing on people who sit too often.
I would suggest doing these once a day to combat walking around like you’re wearing a suit of armor while in accordance will local ordinance.
Use these stretches and mobility tactics to loosen yourself up after rolling out with both a foam roller and LAX ball. This should help you combat the awful Couchitis. Go forth and conquer, newly coordinated athletes!