Improving your balance is important, especially as we age and can have significant benefits.
Good balance can reduce injury by decreasing the likelihood of falling or tripping over. It challenges muscle groups that may be underused, especially the core muscles that improve posture and give strength to the back.
Balancing increases muscle group co-ordination, which in turn leads to the body’s ability for control during challenging movements, thus improving agility and reaction times.
It has even been reported that good balance can improve cognitive ability. Suggesting that by challenging the area of the brain needed for balance we actually work all areas of the brain.
So, what are you waiting for. It’s very easy to improve your balance. All you have to do is stand on one leg for a period of time. However, if you want to add a little challenge to your balancing, try this:
- Stand with your feet hip width apart. Feel the weight evenly balanced through the toes and heels of both feet.
- Transfer your weight to your right leg without shifting your hips to the right.
- Find a point in front of you to focus on.
- Place the sole of your left foot to the inside of your right leg, either just above the ankle, in line with the knee or higher up into the thigh area. Open your left knee out to the side to also open the hip joint.
- Hold the balance for as long as you feel comfortable, up to 1 minute. Use deep breathing to help you focus.
- Repeat on the other side.
I do this in the morning when I am cleaning my teeth. You could try it whilst doing the washing up, peeling vegetables, folding the washing or at anytime that is suitable for you.