8 Exercises That Improve Agility

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

Preserve your ability to change directions quickly and smoothly.

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Picture this: You’re grocery shopping and turning down an aisle but see it’s jammed with other shoppers—so you back up. Or you have the grandkids over and find yourself stepping around toys—or out of the way of lovable but rambunctious children.

This ability to switch from moving forward to backward, from left to right, or vice versa is known as agility. In this Fit for Life Challenge video, fitness expert David Jack shows you a variety of exercises that preserve your ability to change directions quickly and smoothly.

These exercises will also challenge your balance. If you feel unsteady or have previously had a fall, talk to your doctor about your concerns first.

What to Do

Watch the video, pick out one or two exercises to add to your existing workouts or do throughout the week, and start there.

As always, remember that safety and good form are key. “You don’t have to get it all right the first day,” Jack says. And feel free to focus on one part of the movement, such as the feet, and add the arms when you’re comfortable.

When those one or two moves feel easy, pick one or two new moves to try. Over time, you might be surprised to see how many exercises that looked scary at first are within your range. Plus, you’ll have a handful of exercises to swap in and out of your workouts to beat boredom.

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So, Which Exercises Will You Try?

Here are the exercises you’ll find in the video:

  • Figure 8 walk
  • Crossover walk and return
  • Cha-cha flow
  • Wide-stance rock up and back
  • 4-way catch with steps
  • 4-way pass with steps
  • 2 steps to 1 step back
  • Box drill

Did you miss yesterday’s SilverSneakers Fit for Life Challenge posts? Find them here and here. Plus, be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page.

Note: The exercises in this workout may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. Please consult your physician before beginning a physical activity program to make sure it’s safe for you.

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