During week 4 of our 6 week video series (here), Justin explains the difference between strength and mobility. These two essential components of physical fitness are important for overall health and wellness, however, they refer to different aspects of fitness. We’re sure you’ve heard both terms before but what do they mean? And what is the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out.
Stability in Fitness
Stability is the ability of your body to maintain proper alignment and balance during movement. If you can hold weight above your head without arching your back or wobbling, then move on to the next section because you know what you’re doing. If alignment and balance is your issue, then listen up!
Stability involves the activation of small stabilizing muscles that support the larger muscles used in movement. These muscles help keep your body steady and prevent injuries by providing support and control. When you balance on one leg and begin to shake, that is those little stabilizing muscles working to support your balance.
Stability exercises are typically low-intensity, focusing on balance, coordination, and body control. Examples of stability exercises include standing on one leg, planks, and bird dogs. These exercises help improve your posture, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance your overall body control.
Strength in Fitness
Strength is the ability of your muscles to produce force, activating the larger muscle groups to lift a weight. By improving your strength you will find it easier to push weight over your head. Strength training exercises aim to increase the force that your muscles can produce, making them stronger and more powerful.
Strength exercises can range from lifting weights, performing bodyweight exercises, or using resistance bands. These exercises help improve your muscle mass, increase bone density, and enhance your overall physical performance.
In summary, Stability exercises help improve body control, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance posture, while strength training exercises help increase muscle mass, improve physical performance, and increase bone density. Both types of exercises are important for overall health and wellness and are an important focus here at Arise Physical Therapy.