Your 10 Minute Morning Mobility
"Physical preparedness shouldn’t be a sometimes thing, it should be an all the time thing’"
If you read my previous article here, you’ll know that one component of a healthy morning routine was to move, to take ten minutes each day to loosen out, get the blood flowing and allow yourself the time to connect your mind, body and breath in preparation for the day ahead.
For most of us, our lives are comprised of hours commuting, sitting at a desk, never-ending emails, phone calls, messages and if we’re lucky, find enough time in the day to foster or maintain important personal relationships. Frankly, it’s exhausting. We have busier lives than ever before, but it doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice our health in the process.
Humans were made to move, not just sit and stare at a screen all day. Early mornings are a critical period for the rest of your day and the benefits of starting it with just ten minutes of movement go beyond just physical health and wellness. ‘Tech neck’, lethargy, decreased concentration and productivity, stiff and sore shoulders and hips are all byproducts of a sedentary lifestyle and not enough daily movement. However, with a little free space, time, a yoga mat and your own body, you can begin to counteract the negative effects of modern life.
Mobility refers to your active range of motion, how much movement you have around a joint in which you can control and exert force (as opposed to flexibility, which is passive and lacks the control element).
While most people think of mobility as a form of stretching, it’s predominantly training the nervous system to be able to achieve, control and strengthen a greater range of motion.
It provides a good return (physiological improvements) on investment (your precious time) and can go a long way to maintaining healthy hips, shoulders and spine.
This is a general routine that targets the areas that most people struggle with but there are a few things you should consider before you adopt it.
So, if getting out of bed and moving first thing in the morning each day is a painful chore, get up ten minutes earlier and give the above a go a see what a difference just a short series of movements can make to the rest of your day.