Why Care About Balance?
Working on balance is a top priority of many of our Strand Fitness clients. They want to maintain or improve their balance as a way to prevent falls and avoid injuries. They also want to work on their balance so they can perform well in their physical activities and active lifestyles – running, hiking, riding their bike, skiing, and traveling.
As we age, the mechanisms within the body that coordinate balance deteriorate (Another “joy” of aging – Not!). We become more susceptible to losing our balance. But by practicing to improve our balance, we can work to reverse this physical effect of aging.
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In the video below, I show you three simple ways to train your balance on your own. You can do this at home, at the office, and even when you are traveling. It only takes a few minutes a day!
Strategies to Improve Balance
Standing on one leg for a few minutes a day will improve your balance tremendously!
This is the most simple way of working on your balance. Work up to 30 seconds on each leg, complete two to three rounds of this. Stand close to a wall or sturdy piece of furniture in case you need to catch yourself. And don’t give up! If you need to put your foot down, do so. Then lift it back up when you have steadied your balance. Repetition and consistent practice will get you to your goal!
Next – up the challenge, add in some movement!
Once you have mastered standing on one leg while your body is stationary, try adding in some movement. While standing on one leg, move your arms and move your free leg in different directions. Again, work up to being able to do this on each leg for 30 seconds at a time (complete 2-3 rounds).
Be sure to be next to a sturdy support in case you need to steady yourself!
Make it even more challenging, add in an unstable surface!
Our personal trainers use “pillows” inflated with air or foam pads to introduce unstable surfaces. Stand on your unstable surface with both legs or one leg at a time. When you are ready to up the challenge, begin to introduce movement in your arms and legs.
You can easily find “pillows” and exercise pads at a fitness store or online. You can also use your yard, the Prairie Path (if you are in the Western Suburbs of Chicago), the beach, or a hiking trail. Be sure to be next to a steady support in case you need to catch your balance!
With consistent practice a few minutes a day, you can improve your balance and prevent falls and injuries!
***Important Note: If you are unsure about these balance exercises, please work with a fitness professional. Only perform these moves if it is safe for you to do so. And always check with your medical professional before starting a fitness program. ****
Move with more confidence and without injury!
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Enjoy your active life with a strong, fit, and able body!
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