Agility exercises improve not just our athletic ability in competitive sports, but in our daily movements as well.
Agility can be defined as the speed with which we can change the position of our body while in active motion. By conditioning our agility, we can both improve our velocity of movement, power, and balance.
Improved agility is of course applicable to just about every sport where speed is critical. This can be seen in tennis players as they quickly reverse their direction and basketball players during a complex layup or jump shot.
From soccer, to gymnastics, to martial arts, your ability to compete successfully all hinges on how fast and how hard you can change directions, jump, run, and hit a ball (or an opponent!)
In daily life, agility training also prevents injury tendons and joints in your body. You’ll also see an improvement in your posture and balance.
Hurting yourself while picking up your kid, running for a bus, or hauling groceries is nobody’s idea of a good time. By performing some of these exercises, your body will become more adept at performing complex movements without injury.
Agility training also requires coordination between the hands, feet, eyes, and mind that, according to many studies, improve cognitive ability.
Some great agility exercises to try are the Box Jump, Turkish Get Up, and the Plyo Pushup.
So to sum up, agility movements are beneficial to all parts of the body: the brain, balance, legs, and arms. Your speed, power, and nimbleness while playing sports will improve dramatically, as well as hardening your body to injury. What’s not to like?
Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® - performance lifestyle brand encompassing performance apparel & formulas, IMPOSSIBLE Fitness® programs, and a philanthropy arm. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.