So here is the first installment:
The Importance of Mobility
Mobility describes the movement you have around your joints, the ability to take your limbs through their full range of motion.
We are born with an optimum amount of mobility, have you ever watched a child squat down as they play? How many adults do you know that have enough mobility to sit 'ass to grass' for hours on end without complaining of achy knees? A lot of adults struggle to touch their toes and some elderly people can't stand up straight or even look over their shoulder. This loss of mobility will make you more prone to injury and could seriously affect your quality of life, but you don't have to let this happen.
If you don't take your joints through their full range of motion, your body will forget how to do it, the squat is a perfect example. Modern lifestyles mean we spend a lot of time in a seated position; driving, working a computer, this can lead to tightness in the hips and rounded shoulders, but there is no reason why you can't relearn that optimum mobility you had as a child. This simple 10 minute Mobility Workout can help you regain lost movement and if maintained, prevent you from ever losing it. (Apologies for the poor sound quality)
Clicking and cracking noises are common when doing joint mobility, especially if you have never done it before, these noises are normally due to calcium deposits that have built up in the joints, being broken down before being removed as waste. Slight discomfort during is usually a sign of tight muscles or poor mobility and should ease as your muscles warm up and loosen, however if you do feel pain when doing any of the exercises, stop immediately and seek professional help.