Updated: Jun 1, 2022
Trust me, we've all been there.
I understand the frustration.
The feeling of "this mobility stuff is a waste."
"I don't really need this."
"This is for those 'other' runners."
"I never get injured; I'm fine."
Are these sounding familiar yet? I'll admit; sometimes these even come out of my own mouth.
"I have good hips; I can skip it today…"
And then a couple runs go by, and I start paying for it because my knees start aching 5 minutes into my run and that's when I know.
I should have done my mobility work after all those other runs.
But by the time things start to ache and talk back, it's a little too late and I'm triaging instead of doing the rather un-sexy preventative work.
So what if I told you there was a way to know if your mobility program was working, and I mean really working for you?
Would you be interested?
Steal a little trick from the physical therapy world.
It's what we do everyday with every patient.
We test and re-test.
Let me explain what I mean.
We find an exercise or a strength test a patient has difficulty performing. Then, we treat the patient with an exercise or a hands on treatment. After that’s complete, we test the patient again with the same test to see if the patient improved.
It's simple really.
But it's effective, it works, and more importantly, it lets us know if we're on the right track!
Time for an immediate, actionable take-away!
For yourself, think of a sitting position, exercise, stretch (you name it) that's difficult for you because your hips feel stuck, or your knees ache, or your back is stiff. Then, do your mobility program and come back to that difficult position, exercise, you name it.
Does it feel better? Same? Worse??
Hopefully it feels better.
That can look like it's easier to perform, you feel less stiffness or achiness. I've even had clients and patients say they just feel like their muscles are "turned on like a light switch". They just feel better.
Feeling that good?
Well, I guess it's time to lace up those shoes and head out the door. Don't forget to come back after your run and do you own personal test again so how it feels.
Because you know what happens of that test doesn't feel as good as it did when you headed out the door, right?
You better do that mobility or exercise routine again!
Run strong, fit fam.
Marie Whitt // @dr.whitt.fit
P.S. Looking for a fast and furious mobility program that won't take forever and doesn't require torturous looking devices? Check out my FREE running guide HERE!