BY NAOMI NAZARIO
You won’t need a football field to perform these 15 performance-enhancing agility drills from Sean Garner, a trainer at Anatomy 1220 in Miami, Fla.
Agility exercises are a great way to build up quickness and coordination. These benefits carry into sports and other physical activities. They’ll also combat the slowing that inevitably comes as we age. As the saying goes, “if you don’t use it, you lose it.”
Agility drills also provide cardiovascular benefits, making them a great equipment-free option when you don’t have access to the gym. Lastly, if you don’t want to trip up, you’ll have to focus. That’s a level of mental stimulus you likely won’t get from the elliptical or treadmill. In other words—they’re fun!
Want to really jack up the level of intensity? Try these in the sand. A 2013 study showed that training in sand can increase physiological response (as compared to training on a solid surface such as grass) without any additional recovery needs.