Joint Mobility & Resistance Training
Having joints that move efficiently and properly is the key to overall health. Flexibility and stretching goes beyond your muscles and must include your joints. Major joints like hips, shoulders, and ankles need the most attention. If these joints aren't kept mobile, it will put a strain on the tendons and ligaments involved. Stretching isn't for muscles - it's for moving joints. An evaluation with a family practice doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor will tell you what parts of your body need attention. The mobility you have now will affect the mobility you have as you age into your 60's, 70's, and 80's. Resistance training is most beneficial for increasing joint mobility and flexibility. It can be any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance like dumbbells, rubber exercise bands, your own body weight, or items found at home like bricks or canned goods. Studies have shown that as people age, it's more beneficial to vigorously exercise than it is to simply take a walk. No matter your age, your body is built to withstand resistance training, and will benefit from it greatly. Tune in as Ryan Granroth DC explains the difference between muscle flexibility and joint mobility.