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Live Well: How (and Why) to Improve Flexibility and Mobility

September 8, 2023


Being able to move well is critical for your health. It helps you meet the physical demands of your daily life. It also allows you to exercise so you can continue to meet those demands over time.

Two keys to being able to move well are mobility and flexibility. Good mobility means your joints can move as they’re supposed to (and without pain) through their full range of motion. Good flexibility, on the other hand, means your muscles are able to lengthen fully (also without pain).

To improve your mobility and flexibility, keep these tips in mind:

  • Exercise regularly. The “move it or lose it” concept definitely applies here. The less you move, the more ground you’ll lose in terms of mobility and flexibility.
  • Stretch before and after any physical activity. Pre- and post-activity stretching are great for your joints and your muscles. Just warm up a bit first before your preactivity stretches.
  • Use proper form. Whether you’re running, lifting weights, or doing another type of exercise, good form will help you reap more rewards while lowering your risk of injury.
  • Try yoga. Yoga helps to lengthen and strengthen your muscles—and it’s easy on your joints, too.
  • Maintain a weight that lets you stay active. If you’re experiencing joint pain from regular movement, talk to your doctor.
  • Use good posture. Standing and sitting correctly can help you gently stretch your muscles and avoid pressure on your joints. Walking also helps to improve your posture.
  • Listen to your body. Pain is the body’s warning system. If something hurts, stop doing it.

A personal trainer can help

If you’re not sure how to best improve your mobility and flexibility, a certified trainer can walk you through the process. They can also make sure you use good form and answer your questions along the way.