Balance is a component of fitness that can improve core stability, prevent injuries, and is fun to incorporate into your fitness routine. Even doing just one minute of balance training can increase strength and stability around the joints of the ankle, knee, and hip.
Incorporate these exercises during your warm-up, cool-down, or in between other strength training exercises.
As with all exercises, stand tall with your abdominals pulled in. Try these five exercises today!
- 1 Leg Balance: Just as it says, work up to one minute on each foot.
Keep your knee soft on your standing leg. Focus your eyes on a stable oject to help you with your balance.
- Balance with Head Tilts and Turns
- Balance & Change Arm or Leg Position
Once you are successful on the ground, take it to an unstable surface – even a soft pad or pillow will work. Below are some examples of head and leg balance exercises.
- 5 Point Clock Balance: Balance on your left foot, tapping your right foot down at 12, 3, 6, 8 and 10 o’clock positions. Come back up to an upright position between each point. Keep your standing leg as stable as possible (though it will move).
Don’t let your standing knee cave in towards the midline of your body and keep your foot flat.