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Mobility Exerises

Updated: Sep 18, 2022


Here are 7 exercises you can try that help with mobility for your major and most-used joints:

1. Child’s Pose to Downward-Facing Dog

Kneel on floor and lower hips toward your heels, Cervantes says. Now let torso fall over knees and head fall between arms as you reach arms forward onto floor. This is Child’s pose. Hold for a few deep breaths.

Then come into Tabletop position, shifting weight forward until shoulders are over wrists, hips over knees. Flip toes under and pushing feet through floor, extend arms so hips lift, chest pushes through arms, and legs straighten. (Your body will form a triangle with the ground.) Lengthening through torso, take a few deep breaths and slowly release knees to floor, untucking toes and moving back into Child’s pose.

Repeat three times total, taking three to four deep breaths per move, Cervantes says.

2. Frog Pose to Deep Squat

Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders, toes turned out for this exercise, Rhodes says. Sit back to lower body until thighs are parallel to floor (or as close as you can get to parallel). Hold here a second before shifting weight forward and placing hands on floor in front of you. Spread knees farther apart, as you lower yourself toward the ground, bring chest to the floor if possible. (Support yourself as needed with your arms if stretch in the inner thighs and groin is too intense.) Hold for a second before pushing back to that deep squat with toes turned out. Moving slowly, stand.

Repeat 8 to 12 times, Rhodes says.

3. Chest and Shoulder Opener

Lie face up on floor with dumbbell or kettlebell in right hand (or use a soup can if you don’t have strength equipment or find the weights too heavy), Rhodes says. Extend right arm straight above chest and left arm overhead resting on the floor by ear. Bend right leg, placing right foot on floor next to left knee. Roll onto left shoulder, letting right knee fall to floor. Now extend right leg onto floor and slowly roll hips forward and then back to the position with your right knee bent and arm still extended overhead.

Repeat 8 to 12 times, Rhodes says; then carefully roll onto back, hold weight into chest to give arms a break, and switch sides, repeating on other side.

4. Hitchhiker

Get on floor on hands and knees in Tabletop position, wrists below shoulders and knees below hips, Rhodes says. Form right hand into fist, thumb pointing up in Hitchhiker position, and lift right arm in front of you to shoulder height. Lower to start and repeat 8 to 12 times.

Switch sides and repeat.

5. Hamstring and Hip Opener

Kneel on floor with knees about hip-width apart. Step right foot forward so right knee is over right ankle and right thigh is parallel with floor. With arms to sides or hands on hips, shift weight back as you lean from hips over right foot allowing right toes to come up. (If you need some balance, place hands on floor.) Release to start and repeat 8 to 12 times, Rhodes says.

Switch sides and repeat.

6. Arm and Shoulder Circles

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hips and shoulders square to start this exercise from Cervantes. Relax left arm by left side as you circle right arm forward 10 times; extend your arm as long as possible to make large circles without shifting hips. Switch directions for another 10 repetitions. Switch sides and repeat.

7. Hip Circles

Lie face up on floor with legs extended on floor, Cervantes says. Bend right knee and bring it toward chest so knee is pointing toward ceiling. Draw circles — make them progressively bigger — with that knee in one direction 20 times; switch directions and repeat. Then switch sides and repeat, Cervantes says.





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