Range of Motion benefits and tips
Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don’t care, but because they don’t.
You’ll priority now is to care about yourself and look after yourself, those people will come back into your life if needs be.
Don’t take any short cuts. As most personal trainer will explain, that means you should “aim for the largest Range Of Motion you can achieve in your exercises.”
Simply because, your muscles will do more work per rep, and it will result in your breaking down more tissue by the end of the workout.
If muscles and joints remain inactive for a certain period of time they can deteriorate over time and your range of motion will decrease.
According to Wikipedia Range of motion (or ROM), is the linear or angular distance that a moving object may normally travel while properly attached to another. As used in the biomedical and by weightlifters, range of motion refers to the distance and direction a joint can move between the flexed position and the extended position.
That there are two ways to improve ROM:
- Passive range of motion exercises where someone is helping you to improve your flexibility.
- Active range of motion exercises which you can do yourself to improve your range of motion.
Here are 7 benefits of these types of exercises:
- Improves Circulation
- Improves Muscle Strength
- Maintains Flexibility
- Reduces Pain
- Enhances Physical Performance
- Reduces Stiffness
- Decrease Injury Potential
While range of motion exercises aren’t incredibly difficult to learn, it is very important that they be done properly. Always consult your physical therapist before starting new exercises.
Things to keep in mind when doing active exercises
- Do the exercises your healthcare provider teaches you. Practice the exercises with your healthcare provider before you try them by yourself. Exercise every day, or as often as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Do the exercises in the same order every time. Go from head to toe, to help you remember the series of moves. Start with neck stretches. Then exercise other body parts in order, moving toward your feet. Do each group of exercises on one side, and then do the same exercises on the other side.
- Move slowly, gently, and smoothly. Avoid fast or jerky motions.
- Stop if you feel pain. It is normal to feel some discomfort at first. Regular exercise will help decrease the discomfort over time.
Short and sweet and powerful