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Tom Van Ornum blogs about 3 tips to maximize your mobility.

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December 23rd, 2012

When Stretching Isn't Enough

Finish Line physical therapist Tom Van Ornum shares these simple tips to improve & maximize your mobility. Easy enough, right?

Most people are aware of the importance of incorporating flexibility and mobility work into their exercise routines. Maintaining flexibility and soft tissue (ie muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia) elasticity vastly reduces the chance of injury. But if you do focus on stretching and feel you’re not making the progress you’d like, here are 3 simple tips to help break through some plateaus and maximize your gains:

  • Drink more water. Our bodies are roughly 75% water. If soft tissues aren’t hydrated they won’t be able to optimize their elastic response. Drink AT LEAST half your bodyweight in ounces of water each day. Watch out for caffeine and other diuretics. Every 6 oz of coffee, caffeinated, tea, and alcohol consumes requires 10-12 oz of water to rehydrate.
  • Move more. Stretch all you want, but if you sit at a computer all day, your tissues will stiffen from prolonged static postures. Make sure to avoid any one posture for longer than 15-30 minutes and stay mobile, even if it’s just standing up and walking around the office for a few minutes.
  • Buy a foam roller. For soft tissues that are very tight or have scar tissue buildup from previous injuries stretching may not be enough to change soft tissue elasticity. car domain Foam rolling is a great, cheap way to perform basic maintenance on your body. It’s like giving yourself a deep tissue massage, and when you stretch afterwards you’ll notice an immediate change in flexibility.

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