If you only had 30 minutes today to do some type of physical activity, what would it be?
A quick workout with weights? Maybe focus on just one exercise or one body part. Or maybe do some circuits, followed by some high intensity intervals.
But I high doubt you would include mobility in your 30 minutes.
Had this talk today with a client of mine. We were talking about the benefits of yoga. He said he wished he had time for that. The classes at the studio where I train are 60 minutes.
I said you could pick a few yoga postures and do them for 10-15 minutes each day. Even right after your regular workouts.
But 15 minutes of mobility is just damn boring. I get it.
I have skipped it many times myself.
But lately I have been making an effort to do it daily.
Part of what inspired me was a post I saw from a coach named Max Shank- it was called '5 minute flow". Look it up.
Basically, you start your day with 5 minutes of mobility work. He suggests to just do circles with all your joints, if you are lacking ideas. Then start to incorporate some other movements. Work on your tight areas. Usually the hips/shoulders/upper back are trouble spots.
So you set a timer for 5 minutes. Do the work.Then drink 2 glasses of water.
This is a great start to the day.
If you're like me, you may be thinking 'it's only 5 minutes, will that make any difference?'
But before you answer, just try it for a week. Every day.
It's a much better way to start the day than head down, scanning your smartphone before getting an overpriced sugar-filled drink from planet Starbucks...
I have been doing it for over a week and I've found myself doing some extra minutes here and there, in addition to this. (post workout is a good time)