Training to enhance your Mobility

Women preparing to be physically active.

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Women preparing to be physically active.

Being active appears to be the least of our worries right now. Life keeps slamming us with school and work, leaving us with little time in the day. But, practicing mobility exercises will help shake off the rust that was built during the quarantine. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home.

Mobility training helps improve the range of motion of both the joints and muscles. It also helps build up strength. Mobility exercises are better than static stretching, overall, better for you in the long run. Here are some exercises to enhance your mobility:

  1. Walking Hip Openers- standing straight, bring one of your knees up, parallel to your torso. Slowly make a circle by then bringing your leg out, then down. Readjust your feet to the initial position and perform the same steps with your right leg. Do it as many times as you feel like.
  2. Shoulder pass-through- Our posture can get bad if we consistently slouch, so this mobility exercise corrects it. Begin by setting your feet shoulder-width apart. Using the overhand grip, hold your barbell (can be substituted with a broom) and place your hands as wide as you can. Keep your arms straight, and then raise your barbell above your head slowly. Make sure to maintain proper posture by keeping your core tight. Hold for three seconds and then bring your arms down. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
  3. Ankle mobility- Areas like our ankles are often neglected. However, they are vital to our balance. Stand straight facing the wall. Put your hands on the wall and rock forward, putting your toes in a tiptoe position. Then rock back (lift your toes) and place your weight on your heels. Then rock forward again, repeat as needed.

Perform these exercises consistently and see an improvement in your joints and muscles. Don’t let quarantine catch you ‘slippin’.