10 Minutes of Mobility Training Will Change Your Life

Chloe leading the MD Fit class working on exercises that highlight thoracic spine extention

We are almost halfway through January!  It’s hard to believe how quickly time passes.  Did you make any goals or resolutions for yourself this year?  Goals and resolutions are a funny thing.  If we don’t turn them into a habit, many of us abandon them and go back to our old ways.  You may not have guessed it but if you stumbled upon this page you can probably figure out that we are pretty into mobility.  This year, instead of creating a goal or resolution, we want you to make a habit out of mobility training!  Let us tell you why mobility training is the perfect habit, how much you should do it, and ways to make it easy.

Why You Should Choose Mobility Training

Doing 10 minutes of mobility training a day can transform how your whole body moves.  That means it will also transform how it feels.  It’s as simple as that.  Everything we do on a daily basis impacts how we move.  From sleeping to standing and everything in between.  The way we run, walk, squat, type, game, carry our purse or groceries, it doesn’t matter.  It all has something to do with how our bodies feel at the beginning and end of the day.  Let me ask you.  What is your favorite activity?  Would you like to do that thing in say another 10 – 20 – 30 years?  Preferably without pain?  You bet I do!  Mobility training will take away your everyday aches and pains.

Can you touch your toes?  You’re probably thinking who cares?  You’re right, touching your toes isn’t something you have to brag about.  Being able to touch them might alleviate some of that back pain you’re having though.  Your lack of flexibility in one area puts strain on the other areas around it.  So how did we get this lack of flexibility?  Some of it happens naturally as we move throughout the day, some of us have bodies that are just tight.  Other times it comes from focusing too much on strength in our workouts and not enough on range of motion.  How many times during a workout have you felt blocked and thought… I must not be strong enough to get or hold myself in that position. The more likely culprit is flexibility. 

How Much Mobility Training Do I need?

The simple answer is every day for just 10 minutes.  This type of work is something that shouldn’t be done for an hour.  Short digestible chunks will not only give you longer lasting results, but it’s easier to accomplish.  That means just a few exercises for a few minutes every day.  Take an extra second and think about that.  Just a few MINUTES every day.

If you’ve been following us for a while you know we have started 10 min mobility challenges.  Why did we choose the 10 min mark?  Because it is enough!  Doing mobility training for 10 mins every day will make a big difference in a short amount of time.  Once you start we know you won’t want to stop. 

Dr. Chloe doing mobility training with her prone press ups

How To Make It Easy

So how do we make this easy?  Incorporate it into something you already like to do every day.  If you do this you won’t even notice the time pass.  Do your mobility training while you’re watching tv or listening to your favorite podcast/audio book.  If you’re a reader, put in 10 minutes of mobility training before you open your book.  Binging your favorite netflix special?  Turn it on but instead of putting yourself on the couch, navigate down to the floor.  Get your tummy time in and then relax for the rest of the night knowing you accomplished what you had committed yourself to doing!  After 1-2 weeks of this your body is going to start feeling good and will actually MISS doing it!  Your habit is already beginning to form.  

If you don’t have a regular routine in the evening or you enjoy switching it up a lot, I highly recommend doing this as soon as you get out of bed.  You can do it in your PJ’s if you want!  Is there a better way to start your morning than by waking your body up and giving yourself the best chance for an ache free day?  I don’t think so.

Try out this seemingly simple shoulder mobility exercise.  It really highlights 3 different areas of mobility in a single exercise!  

Mobility training is an unsung hero for fixing all manner of things.  The best part about it is that you don’t have to make a crazy time commitment and it can be done literally anywhere.  Make a commitment to yourself, create a habit, change your life! 

Not sure where to begin your mobility training? 

We have a program for that!  Our base 10 min program MDFit Mobility takes the guesswork out.  You don’t need to worry about covering all of your bases because we’ve done the hard work for you.  Give it a try and see the difference in your body in just a few short weeks!

Get ready!  We will be rolling out lots of exciting new challenges, programs, and information this year.  If you’re looking to start a challenge today, check out our Hip with Hip Mobility 10 Day 10 Minute Challenge!

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