We all know that training our joints is something that we SHOULD do. But let's be honest, it's not the most exciting or sexy for Instagram and social media! However, if you do train your joints consistently, you will reap the benefits for a long time to come! Any time we get injured it means that the load we are asking of our joints is beyond the capacity that we have on that given day.
In order to remain consistent with moving our bodies, we must find a way to move without major hurdles or setbacks week over week. The system we've found the most success with are principles from Functional Range Conditioning and Kinstretch.
Here's 3 ways you can take action right now!
1) Begin each day with your full body CARs (controlled articular rotations). These intentional rotations allow you to MAINTAIN the range of motion that you currently have. They also serve as a self-assessment tool! If certain joints are limited on certain days, you will be able to take note of this during your morning CARs and train accordingly. You can follow along to one of our videos, HERE.
2) Prioritize the 4 Knots! One of our mentors, Mark Cheng, talked about this in one of his seminars. He noted that when your shoulders and hips have adequate capacity, then almost everything else will be much easier! Focus on creating more range of motion in your hips and shoulders first, then tackle the accessory joints next! You can find a short shoulder tune-up, HERE. And a short hip tune-up, HERE!
3) Once you're a pro at maintaining your range of motion and creating new range, it's time to improve body control! Start with your hips and shoulders again first and the move to the other joints. Try a shoulder series HERE and a hip series HERE!
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Stay strong out there!