Flexibility vs Mobility, what’s the difference? 🧘♀️🏋️♀️ Most times when these words are used they are commonly used synonymously. While they are similar, they have distinct differences. Flexibility is passive lengthening of muscles while mobility is active lengthening. In other words, you need to activate your muscles to achieve MOBILITY, whereas FLEXIBILITY can achieve larger ranges of motion when an external force is applied.
Why is this important? If your flexibility surpasses your mobility you will lack stability at your end range of motion.
What’s the big deal if that happens? If you are unable to create stability with your muscles your body will compensate and rely on passive structures (ligaments) to create stability. NOT GOOD! This will most certainly lead to injury or pain somewhere down the line.
Moral of the story: if you are going to be doing stretches to improve your range of motion, make sure you are doing exercises to create stability to support that newly found range of motion! More on that to come.