When it comes to exercise, it seems most of the focus is put on calorie burning. Everyone wants to be thinner and, in this crazy high-calorie world we live in, it certainly makes sense. High-calorie foods are everywhere, and often we hope the junky composition of our favorite comfort food won’t put too much “junk in the trunk.”
But, there is much more to feeling good than losing pounds. Yes, we need cardio exercise — it’s good for weight loss, lung function, metabolism and even your mood — but let’s not overlook the benefits that come from mobility work, as in deep stretching and range-of-motion exercises.
Let’s aspire to live pain free, walk with a youthful stride and move with ease. In order to achieve this, your joints must be free to move. Every joint in your body is held in place with strong and pliable connective tissue. It is beautifully complex, and if you could see up close what’s surrounding and protecting your knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles and other joints, you’d be be both amazed and grateful. There’s connective tissue holding your joints in place and synovial fluid within the joints to cushion and lubricate your movements. Wow, you even came with shock absorbers!