Hip, Ankle and Knee Potential Range Of Motion
How much access do you have to your hips, knee and ankle potential full range of motion? Here’s a wee test for you to try.
Bring your two feet together and lower down as far as you can go. Watch what your body does and see where your range of motion lies.
Don’t stress if you can’t quite do the movement… yet!
As we age our hips get stiffer and we lose our range of motion. This affects not only our day-to-day life but our riding potential too.
Stiff tight, stuck hips can affect you in a number of ways. The key is to preserve what range of motion you do currently have by using it and moving it daily and work your way to improving it over time.
And YES you can improve your range of motion no matter your age with consistent effort. I see it daily with our members who DO the work.
Healthy hips that are strong through their full potential range of motion help to keep you pain-free, prevent injury and allow you to do more of what you love.
When you have the full capacity through the book ends of your range of motion you have more availability for your body to move it where you require. If you are missing this, compensation happens. You will fall backwards in the squat, twist at hips, lift through ankles, rotate ankles outwards and so on. This lack of range of motion then leads to compensation through daily tasks as well as compensation in the saddle.
What you choose to do daily matters. The day-to-day habits and the more time you spend sitting, the more you need to work on this to counteract the effects sitting has on your range of motion.
The more you work on your body and your habits off the horse, the easier it becomes to improve your position on the horse.
So what you choose to do daily matters.
It all adds up!