Balance doesn't come naturally for all of us, but it should. Having good balance can keep us strong, healthy and most importantly, keep us moving ... especially as we get older.
When we workout, we often don't realize how much balance is required for every move. Developing proper form, building healthy, strong muscles and strengthening your core becomes much easier to do when you improve your balance. Not only does improving our balance prevent us from falling and injuring ourselves, it allows us to switch up our workouts and try new moves.
Here are four simple moves your can do anywhere, at any time to enhance your balance.
Single Leg Dead Lifts
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and life your right foot up behind you, so your shin is parallel to the ground. Slowly hinge forward at the hips, keeping your back straight, and bring your hands toward the ground while looking straight ahead.
Feel the stretch in your hamstrings, and then slowly raise back up. Repeat 10 times, then switch legs.
Raised Side Plank
Come into a side plank position, making sure your hips are up and in line with the rest of your body to really engage your obliques. When you find balance, raise your arm up toward the sky, keeping it in line with the arm on the ground.
If you can, try bringing your leg up to the sky also. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then switch sides.
Single Leg Plank
Get into a plank position, making sure to keep your core engaged the entire time, Your shoulders should be stacked over your wrists, and your neck and shoulders should be relaxed.
Slowly lift your left leg up off the ground. Hold for 15-30 seconds, then switch legs.
Single Leg Side Raises
Stand up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart with arms at your sides. With a controlled movement, bring your right knee up toward your hip.
Holding your knee up, bring your arms out and up as pictured. Slowly lower everything back down. Do 10 reps on your right leg, then switch sides.
Balance is critical to all things, large and small. Seek balance in your life and your life will be happier, healthier and more productive!
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