The Best Mobility Exercises to Incorporate in Your Everyday Life

Working out and staying fit isn’t just about grinding it out on the treadmill or lifting heavy weights. Part of a healthy lifestyle is also about incorporating mobility into your everyday life.

Mobility, which refers to the range of motion we have within our different joints, “determines our ability to move freely in our regular activities, without feeling pain or pressure,” Aly Giampolo, CPT, co-founder and bounce instructor at the ness, tells SheKnows. “The more we can set ourselves up so that our bodies are working with our maximum mobility, the more comfortable we will be in our daily lives as we age.”

The benefits of mobility training are plentiful, ranging from increasing our range of movement to reducing muscle tension and soreness to reducing our risk of injury. While you might cringe at the thought of juggling one more wellness thing to check off on your list, thankfully mobility training is one of those sneaky things that we can do on the daily, and according to Giampolo, is “something that can be done as often as you’d like. I prefer the idea of incorporating small mobility snacks into each day. Finding 10 or 15 minutes to work on a handful of mobility exercises into your day, is the perfect way to ensure your joint health and range of motion are always at their best.”

Below Giampolo shares her favorite mobility exercises that you can do right now. 

Squat knee drive

How is it performed: Start standing hips width or slightly wider. Send your hips down and back as if you were sitting into a chair behind you. Drive through your left heel to straighten your left leg and stand tall, while driving your right knee up to a march in front of you creasing at the hip. Repeat with the other leg. Alternate side to side.

Why is it important: “This is a great way to work on hip and knee mobility,” Giampolo says. “The squat moves you into a deep, functional range of motion for the lower body, while the knee drive increases your mobility through each hip and simultaneously strengthens your stabilizing side.”

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