4 Mobility Tips for Active 50+

4 Mobility Tips for Active 50+

This is not about “magic” exercises that you should start doing. This is not about exotic supplements you should start taking to prevent stiffness or pain.

This is about making the best possible use of the brain based on how it works and why it decides to make you stiffer or be in pain.

It is clear that sometimes pain can be due to structural damage (torn ligament/tendon, broken bone,…).

When this is not the case, the pain or stiffness can also happen as a protection mechanism.

According to recent discoveries in neuroscience (, the number one brain’s function is survival, closely followed by movement.  It doesn’t really care about making you stronger or faster or better swimmer.  Among other things, it wants to avoid you from falling, which is potentially dangerous. Without going in too many details right now, one of the best ways to prevent you from falling is to prevent you from moving.

What better ways then to send pain and stiffness in those areas responsible for movements…the joints?

The very good new, is that regardless of your age (or let’s say youth), you have everything it takes to change that.  That is according to the principle of neuroplasticity , outlined among others by Norman Doidge, MD who wrote “The Brain that changes itself”.  That principle implies that our nervous system adapts to whatever stimulus it perceives.  In other words, we can all keep learning new things until our very last day.

Tip 1

Whenever you move, move with intention.

That has to do with neuroplasticity.  In order to learn you must pay attention to what’s happening in your environment and in your body.  When you want to learn a new movement, you will have better retention if you are focused.

Tip2

Take baby steps

If you want to learn how to run, learn how to walk first.

The risk otherwise is to bring too much new information at once, with the risk of overwhelming the brain.  It’s perceived as a threat and in that configuration nothing will really be learned.

Tip 3

Break down complex patterns

Very similar to number 2.  It means for instance that when you want to learn a complex movement such as a golf swing, you might want to start practicing at slower speed without even using a golf ball.  The golf swing is a multiplanar movement performed with explosivity and  impact.  If something is not right injuries will follow.

Tip 4

Practice good form.  You get better at what you practice.  If you practice a golf swing that gives you pain the day after, you will get better at a golf swing …that gives you pain.  That is why you should stop practicing when your form deteriorates if your goal is quality of movement.

Those are crucial components of each session at the studio.

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Miguel Sevilla