Coach Heather’s Tips:  Mobility, Stability, and Posture

Coach Heather’s Tips: Mobility, Stability, and Posture

Mobility – what is mobility?  Mobility is the ability of your muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia to move unrestricted while controlling the ability to move around the axis of rotation constantly.   The ability of fascia and elastic connective tissue to lengthen allows a joint to move through a complete range of motion. Stability – what is stability?  The ability to maintain control of joint movement or position by the connective tissue and neuromuscular system. We lose mobility and stability as we become more sedentary.  We tighten, stiffen and our joints start to ache and swell.  We can cause arthritis being sedentary and repetitive movements as well as our nutrition.  The more we move the better.  The better we eat the better our bodies feel.  Nutrition is our fuel for our bodies. Posture is being aware of how we move, sit, stand, drive, the things we do at work, etc.  Resistance training, functional movement in all planes of motion is very important.  Repetitive exercise isn’t great.  Our bodies tend to predict what it’s going to do then we start losing muscle in other areas and creating imbalances and loss of elasticity. If muscle and fascia experience constant mechanical stress or tension from repetitive movements or poor posture, inelastic collagen fibers can form between the layers of muscle tissue as a protection against structural damage and injury. A lack of motion, especially in all planes of motion, can create adhesions between the various layers of muscle and fascia, which ultimately reduce joint motion and restrict mobility. We also need to stretch, foam roll and do yoga.  Stretching for you could be PNF...
DBelt Pro Product Review by Coach Kristie

DBelt Pro Product Review by Coach Kristie

I had the pleasure of getting the opportunity to wear test the DBelt PRO. In the literature that arrived along with it, the description states: “The DBelt PRO is designed with FITNESS in mind and has been designed for BOTH women and men. Featuring a hi tech water resistant fabric, the PRO can withstand the endurance of any workout from yoga and walking to cycling or running. The PRO features three water resistant lined pockets as well as a convenient hanger hook for easy storage. Designed to ensure stability and a balanced bounce free snug fit, the PRO is the ideal solution for the fitness minded who requires functionality and performance all in one!” The DBelt PRO comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Which is a nice change as most belts of this sort come in basic black. Good to see variety offered. Upon first inspection out of the box it is of sound construction, even stitching, with a slight give/stretch. Very soft texture. I found the 3 pockets. One opens at the top a perfect size for a gel or small MP3 Player, one zipper pocket (good for ID, key, etc.), and a side-opening pocket for a phone featuring a Velcro closure. I decided to test the DBelt PRO in the areas mentioned in the literature. Yoga, Walking, Cycling, and Running.   I also took it for a spin during a weights session at the gym. Yoga. The belt sits in place and doesn’t move during poses. I find it more comfortable when wearing the Velcro closure at the front and the pockets to the back. However,...