This is a common question we get at Par4Success. It’s boring to go to the gym just to do mobility for an hour. But after a long day, you also might not want to spend time and effort on working out. We have here for you a few simple ideas of how you can start to incorporate mobility work into your existing workout routines, rather than having to make time specifically for mobility workouts. The simple answer is just to make the first or last 15 minutes of your workout dedicated to mobility, and have one block of time where you do mobility exercises.
Another option we’ve found people like is to use mobility exercises as their rest period between sets of more strength oriented exercises. So, for example, let’s say you’re doing a superset of bench presses. While you’re resting before going back to do your next round of bench presses, you could do some active shoulder mobility to increase your end range of your external rotation. If you’re squatting or deadlifting, you could work on hip mobility. This is what we call Active Rest, and it helps to really make the most of your workout times, as well as breaking up the mobility work so that it’s not as tedious.
It can also be very effective in an office setting to work small amounts of mobility work into your workday. Some mobility exercises can be done while on a long call, and even more can be done for just a few minutes as the kind of short break it can be healthy to take every 30 to 45 minutes anyway.
Overall, the message we want to leave you with is this: mobility exercises are something that you can do any time. If you have a bit of downtime where you’re not doing anything, you have a bit of time where you can do some mobility work. There’s no reason you have to do all your mobility work at once when these exercises are so easy to work into the natural breaks in your day.