When you think of activities to help you stay in shape, high-intensity workouts, a long run, or an extended gym session probably spring to mind. However, there are other less-intense types of movement that are just as important for your health.
It's easy to overlook mobility training exercises, but they form the foundation of most workout moves and can help your posture and make every day tasks like walking and lifting easier.
Fortunately, you can use this eight-move sequence from Sweat app trainer Britany Williams to add some mobility exercises into your routine or as a standalone session. You can do it anywhere too, from the gym to your home to a hotel room.
The only equipment you might need is a dumbbell to deepen the knees over toes stretch, and a yoga mat to make yourself more comfortable during lying exercises. To get the most from these activities, it's important to focus on your form.
Whether you're new to mobility sessions or could use a refresher, check out Williams' demonstrations for each of the eight movements to practice the technique before you start.
Watch Britany Williams' eight-move mobility session
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The moves in Williams routine focus on a range of different joints to improve your all-round mobility. There are dedicated exercises to boost the range of motion around your ankles, hips, shoulders and spine, making for a comprehensive session.
Williams also says the routine can help reduce the risk of injury by allowing you to carry out day-to-day tasks more safely. For example, good mobility means your shoulder joint will be strong enough to support your arm as you reach for an item on the top shelf at a supermarket, so you're less likely to hurt yourself in the process.
The common link between all these practices if your core — a section of mid-body muscle that connects your upper and lower body, promotes circulation, and improves balance. This core workout for beginners is a great way to start.
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Harry Bullmore is a Fitness Writer for Fit&Well and its sister site Coach, covering accessible home workouts, strength training session, and yoga routines. He joined the team from Hearst, where he reviewed products for Men's Health, Women's Health, and Runner's World. He is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of exercise, and splits his time between weightlifting, CrossFit, and gymnastics, which he does to build strength, boost his wellbeing, and have fun.
Harry is a NCTJ-qualified journalist, and has written for Vice, Learning Disability Today, and The Argus, where he was a crime, politics, and sports reporter for several UK regional and national newspapers.
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