Last week I wrote that mobility – the ability to move and move freely and easily – is not a separate facet of fitness. Mobility is rather an expression of your fitness and informs you of your reality from moment to moment.
Just as the martial arts masters insist that we need to be able to get cold, and Kelly Starrett's famous analogy describes how a leopard must always be ready to make a living, how can you feel at any moment of yours Moving life?
Getting out of bed fresh in the morning may be the ultimate test of your true mobility. If a group is only as strong as its weakest member, You are only as mobile as your stiffest moment.
To add some practical tests and actionable advice to this theoretical consideration, I am offering a mobility check-in this morning. In this video I describe and demonstrate three quick movement sequences that you can perform at any time of the day and / or fresh out of bed in a few minutes.
We are most used to paying attention to our movement patterns in the gym. Similarly, we measure our physical abilities against PRs and other measures that are taken after we have carefully prepared and warmed up.
When you follow these quick mobility sequences, pay attention to what you feel in your body. This can tell you a lot more than you might find in training and can provide valuable guidelines for controlling your movement practice.
Check out this list of fun workouts and simple exercises you can do at home.