Let’s face it. Most people never spend time thinking about their balance until it is too late…after a fall or injury. But balance is not just a concern for the elderly who are more susceptible to falls. Everyone needs to maintain a good balance.
A strong core and good balance go hand in hand. A strong core also means better posture, improved performance during exercise and athletics, and less back pain.
The better your balance, the less likely you are to injure yourself or fall. If you have not thought much about enhancing or maintaining your balance, then this is the perfect time to start!
Many new, fancy fitness products—such as inflatable balance discs, stability balls, and balance boards—have promised to help you improve your balance.
While these can certainly help and make exercising more enjoyable, you truly do not need ANY fancy training equipment to better your balance—not even a Wii Fit.
You can turn just any flexibility or strength-training exercise into one that helps build balance and work your muscles.
Here are More DIY Tips on Improving Your Balance.
One Leg. Balancing on one leg is a tried and true way to improve balance. Any exercise or move you improve and perfect, make it more challenging by trying the same move with one leg.
You can start by simply lifting one heel (remember to keep your toes on the floor) while performing upper body moves. As you become more skilled, completely lift that foot off the ground.
Then, you can now play around with the position of the lifted leg by either holding it in front of you or behind you. For a much bigger challenge, try to move that leg while balancing on the other and performing upper body movements.
Close your eyes. Did you know that your sense of vision plays a big part in your balance equation? It normally works hand in hand with the proprioceptive systems and particularly the vestibular (inner ear) to prevent falls and maintain balance.
If you take vision out of the equation or even move your gaze, it is very difficult to balance. This option is certainly a challenge, and isn’t something you can do in any given situation.
You will definitely want to make sure you are in a more controlled environment and that your whole body is planted. You can simply start by standing up tall and keeping your eyes closed without moving.
Over time, you can combine the narrow base of support with one-leg balances whilst closing your eyes.
Now you know exactly how to make balance training a fore thought rather than an afterthought– without necessarily spending a lot of money or time on exercise.
By paying attention to your body as you exercise and using the above techniques, you should notice significant improvements in your balance, coordination, core strength, agility, and flexibility.
As always, before attempting dangerous exercises, be sure to consult an experienced and highly skilled physician.