Flexibility is the absolute range of motion in a joint or system of joints, and the length of muscle that crosses the joint involved. It directly correlates with range of motion and mobility. Range of motion is the distance and direction the joint can move, while mobility is the ability to move without restriction.
Even though mobility and flexibility sound similar they are slightly different. Mobility within a joint is the degree to which the area where two bones meet (known as an articulation) is allowed to move without being restricted by the surrounding tissue such as tendons, muscle, and ligaments. Think of mobility as the range of motion around the joint.
A good level of mobility allows a person to perform movements without restriction, while a person with good flexibility may not have the strength, coordination, or balance to execute the same movement. Good mobility does not always mean good flexibility.
Benefits of Increasing Your Mobility
- Increased range of motion for increased strength potential.
- More muscle activation.
- Decreased risk of injury.
- Decreased soreness and joint pain.
- More fluid movements.
Try This Mobility Routine Performing Each Exercise for 30 Seconds
Foam Roll: Back
Foam Roll: Back Side to Side
Foam Roll: Glute
Foam Roll: Hamstring
Foam Roll: IT Band
Foam Roll: Quad
Foam Roll: Adductors
Lying Knee Hugs
Side Lying T-Spine Rotation