Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Balance Moves

“Working out” is not just about getting stronger.   It is also about developing balance.  Balance is key to avoiding injury, falls and limitations in mobility and activities (especially as we age).   Having said that, it is still imperative to have adequate strength and muscle mass otherwise there is not much you can do to improve your balance and flexibility.

Some balance exercises that are simple and you can do anywhere include:  
        Walk heel-to-toe – it is as simple as it sounds.  Simply walk with your heel in front of the toes of the opposite foot (as if you are walking the line to demonstrate your sobriety).  Do this for each step you take.
        Stand on one foot.  Be sure to alternate feet.  As you advance, you can raise the foot/leg in the air higher and higher.   
        Stand up, sit down, and walk up stairs – all without holding on to anything. 

The web is full of advanced balance movements (exercises) for every age group and fitness level.    As you progress, I suggest you do a quick search for adding more advancement to your balance training.

Stay tuned………

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