Mobility is the ability of a muscle or joint to move freely and easily through the entirety of its range of motion. For many of us, whether we realize it or not, mobility is a major issue. We sit at our desks for eight (or more) hours a day, hunched over a screen, stressed out and exhausted. Then we drag our bodies to the gym and put them through taxing weight lifting routines—oftentimes without properly giving our muscles and joins the warmup needed to perform well.
Jen Esquer, DPT, physical therapist and creator of Doc Jen Fit, is a master of mobility. (Don’t believe us? Check out her flow here.) Below, she shared her nine essential movements to add to your routine to increase mobility and better prepare your body for the demands of every workout, and everyday life.