From the title of this article, it may look like a one-size-fits-all type of workout. And you may be thinking to yourself that everyone is different. You are correct on both fronts.
I decided to write this article after seeing many of the same movement pattern dysfunctions, pain, and injury in my clients. I am also fully aware that we are all a bit different and may need other mobility and flexibility drills than the two I review in this article. However, I have used these two drills with many of my clients over the years with exceptional results.
We all have one thing in common: we often place ourselves in a flexed position (think sitting, head forward while we text, rounded back, and so on). This can cause some similar issues for all of us.
Now, this is not an article telling you to sit less and move more. We all sit, text on a phone, and work from home these days. Instead, I want to review two fantastic mobility drills that I have found to be very beneficial. They improve overall movement in the hips and thoracic spine, while hopefully minimizing the adverse effects of constant flexion.
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By placing ourselves in constant flexion, our hip muscles such as hip flexors, Illiacus and rectus femoris (think the top of the thigh), and muscles around the shoulder area (lats, subscapularis, and even triceps), can become shortened.
In return, this can limit our full potential to move well. It can also put undue stress on areas such as the lumbar spine and neck. This happens due to compensation. Our body will try and borrow movement from another area when it is lacking.
If you are looking to improve your posture, increase shoulder and hip range of motion, and reduce the effects of sitting all day, take a look at how to perform these two drills properly.
Almost anyone – athlete or non-athlete, beginner or advanced fitness enthusiast experiencing a lack of range of motion in the hip and shoulder complexes – should give these two mobility drills a shot. Start slow and be sure to focus on taking slow, deep belly breaths to optimize each of these drills.