Remember the youthful elasticity we had as children? It can soon fade. Before you know it, you can no longer throw yourself into cartwheels or limbo-dance without a seriously good swarm-up or possibly a week off work due to overzealous movement.
When we solely concentrate on the step-by-step routine during a workout, we neglect our body’s ability to move freely and naturally.
Taking ourselves back to basics can and will improve our natural movements. These three mobility exercises are nothing new. Whether it’s swinging your arms around with a dynamic upper body exercise, stretching out in front as far as you can reach while focusing on your spine, or walking like a gorilla in hope of a giggle from family and friends with our walking squats, you’ll have probably performed them as a young child.
No promise these exercises will take you back in time to that nimble eight-year-old self, but incorporating these natural moves into your weekly routine is a playful and progressive way to improve your body’s overall natural mobility.
It’s important to not force the exercise — it should feel natural and not pressured into unnatural positioning as in ballistic stretching. Do five reps then repeat the exercise using your left arm.
Form is king — so if you’re struggling with any of these natural movements, any EVO personal trainer can help you improve your fitness game.