Agility is your body’s ability to be quick, graceful, and nimble. It is how effectively and efficiently you can move as well as change the direction and the position of your body while maintaining control and improving your cardiovascular health. Agility is the ability to move, change direction, and position the body effectively while under control. It also:
• Aids in injury prevention
• Improves multiplanar coordination
• Increases heart rate and blood flow throughout the body
• Increases mind-body connection and helps get us focused
• Helps seniors and those with disabilities to increase and maintain motor abilities such as walking, getting out of a chair, and leaning over to tie their shoes.
• Strengthens muscles and keeping steady
• Helps with balance, proper posture, and alignment during movement
• Keeps the whole body in balance
• Strengthens proper mind and body connections with the brain
• Improves recovery time
• Training results in minimal time.
Agility Ladders are great for a multiple of purposes. They teach balance, coordination, and multitasking. By going in and out of the ladder using different walking, jumping, climbing, and running, you can memorize and recall information, practice spelling difficult words, and even compose your shopping list. Hurdle Drills are not only helpful for agility but they also help you practice balancing in jumping, hopping, and skipping. They are also good for memorizing and practicing these skills in a level and sequential way. You can practice hurdles in multi-directions and focus on horizontal or vertical movement within the cones. Balloon Drills can be used for many ages. Using one or two balloons of different colors teaches patterning, mind and body connection, and sequencing. It is fun for all! Cone Drills are great to teach directions, patterning, or a quick way to train your brain to directions verbally or visually, using the coach’s voice or visual cues.
As time goes on you can start agility movements with both feet placed on the ground, standing behind a chair. And as your ability to be more unstable increases, go to one hand on the chair and do exercises with one leg. Uneven surfaces such as a Bosu ball or disks can add variety and intensity to the workout.
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