This post is part of a new series I’m calling “The 2 Minute Fix” which will be short videos to teach people easy self-care solutions to common movement faults.
I had a reader ask the question, “I’m new to this type of mobility and stability work – should I do it before or after exercise?” There are a lot of opinions about this topic, so I thought I’d weigh in using my 2 Minute Fix series.
First, I’m a big fan of using dynamic movements to warm up prior to activity. This could be things like unweighted air squats, push ups, sit-ups, mountain climbers, good mornings, etc. The other pre-exercise activity I like is muscle activation work. This might be scapular stability or lumbar stability work that creates an increase in neuromotor tone to the muscles. What I don’t recommend prior to exercise is deep soft tissue work. Doing a lot of foam rolling or deep muscle work can actually relax tissue more than you’d want before intense exercise. Then after exercise we can focus more on this type of mobility, rolling, smashing and stretching work when the tissue is warm and you don’t need the muscle firing in the same way.
Yours in Health,