Mobility Monday

Let’s build some strong foundations!

This post forms part of our 30 Day Challenge. Our goal is to get you in the best possible physical and mental shape over the next 30 days. We want to encourage the good habits you are probably already aware of and introduce you to a few new ideas that we believe will change everything for you…

The big problem we see over and over again with transformation programmes is that people go from sitting on the sofa eating a bacon sandwich to starting a vegan diet and trying to run a marathon. Some people may succeed with this goal, but for the majority it’s just too big a lifestyle shift to be able to stick to!

We want you to succeed with this programme and so for the first few days we are going to take you through what may appear to be very basic steps – but bear with us, this is deliberate, we want you to succeed and so our goal is to give you a progressive programme rather than throwing you straight in at the deep end.

We want you to win day one and look forward to day two, three and four… This starts with improving your mobility.

If you are going to build a strong building then you need to develop solid foundations.

Most of us spend far too much time sat down rather than standing and as a result, our hips and ankles in particular don’t allow us to walk, run, squat, or even stand properly! So when we start to exercise our bodies simply aren’t able to do what we ask. We experience pain, injury and decide to head back to the sofa with the bacon sandwich – we’re not going to allow this to happen to you!

Step One on our 30 day challenge – Give some love to your hips and ankles by performing these two simple movements:

The Hip flexor stretch

Start by kneeling down on your back leg and bending your front leg at a 90-degree angle.

Squeeze your glutes on the back leg and draw your abs in tight. Once in this position, slightly shift body your body forward and hold this position.

 

 

 

 

A progression for this movement is to use a band to provide resistance.

Fix a resistance band to a sturdy object that is knee high or lower.

Step into the band with one leg and pull it upward as high as possible.

Walk back away from the anchor point of the ba

nd to create tension in the band and kneel down into a lunge position on the leg that has the band around it.

Keeping a good upright posture, squeeze the glutes on the back leg, draw your abs in tight and allow the band to gently pull the hips forward.

 

Ankle Mobility

Maintaining a good range of movement in your ankle is vital for optimal health and performance. This area can become a big problem for so many people and it is very common to see hamstring problems and even lower back issues as a result of a lack of movement in the ankles.

Try this simple movement to increase your current ankle mobility.

Step one leg up onto an elevated platform. Keep the pressure evenly distributed across your foot with both the heal and toes maintaining contact

Drive the shin towards the toes with the knee staying in line with the toes. Hold this position for a few seconds, draw the leg back and then drive the knee forwards once more trying to increase the range of movement. Repeat this four or five times on each leg.

If you have a history of ankle problems then you may really struggle with this movement. It may feel very restricted, there could be discomfort around the ankle ligaments or you may feel a deep stretch in the Achilles tendon. Everyone is different – but everyone will benefit from this movement!

 

As I said at the start, this may appear to be almost too easy for the first day of a body transformation programme, but trust me, these simple movements will make a huge difference to your posture and your movement. I would recommend that you aim to perform these movements most days, two minutes first thing in the morning will set you up for a great day ahead and your body will really thank you for it.

Now get moving today, walk whenever possible, spend as little time sat down as possible, eat well, keep hydrated and stay positive, the real fun starts tomorrow!