Modern life can be tough on our bodies. Whether sitting at our desks or relaxing on the couch, keeping our posture just right can be challenging. Adding to that, many exercises, like running or strength training, build muscle but can also make us less flexible than we'd like.
While many people grab a set of the best resistance bands to get some stretches in, it's also worth working on your mobility without equipment too. Fitness YouTuber Tom Merrick has put together a 12-minute flexibility that'll open your hips and help you avoid injury in the long run.
Like many of Merrick's routines, the list of moves is available as a downloadable PDF (opens in new tab). Still, it's definitely worth watching the video to check out the actions, as many of them rely on small changes in position not easily expressed by the name alone.
Watch Tom Merrick's 12-minute hip mobility routine
Mobility and flexibility sit alongside core strength as some of the most fundamental aspects of our physical health. While you can incorporate the best workouts for abs into your routine to build a strong core, stretching and mobility-focused moves are often overlooked.
This is why Merrick's short routine is so effective. At just 12 minutes, you can get the benefits of improved mobility — like better posture, fewer aches and pains, and increased workout performance — while still finding time for your regular training.
Merrick's fitness journey is relatable. He got into weight training during his self-professed 'gym bro' period but switched to calisthenics following a bout of glandular fever. After focusing on movement form, he transitioned to the mobility and flexibility training he's known for these days.
However, his route wasn't as straightforward as it seemed. Along the way, he suffered a few setbacks from injuries, although he used the time to master the basics. To avoid hurting yourself, it's worth doing the same, looking at things like how to do a push up.
Alongside this short routine, it's also worth investing in one of the best foam rollers. After strength training, your muscles will be sore. Using a foam roller can reduce the pain and aid recovery. Meanwhile, researchers have found pre-exercise rolling increases your range of motion too.
James is a London-based journalist and Staff Writer at Fit&Well. He has over five years experience in fitness tech, including time spent as the Buyer’s Guide Editor and Staff Writer at technology publication MakeUseOf. In 2014 he was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, which spurred his interest in health, fitness, and lifestyle management.
In the years since, he has become a devoted meditator, experimented with workout styles and exercises, and used various gadgets to monitor his health. In recent times, James has been absorbed by the intersection between mental health, fitness, sustainability, and environmentalism. When not concerning himself with health and technology, James can be found excitedly checking out each week’s New Music Friday releases.
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