How is your balance? This is a question that athletes and fit people alike have on their mind. Having good balance will help you to avoid an injury, strengthen your core and perform your exercises with better form. Why else would balancing workouts be the focus for people of all ages and fitness levels? Because balance is so important. But since balance is literally a balancing act it takes plenty of attention with targeted exercises to help you become stronger. There are certain exercises that can help you improve your balance and get a better grip on your fit life.
1. One Leg Balance
The absolute best exercises to improve balance can transform you. Stand up straight, close your eyes and extend your leg behind you. Hold your leg there for 30 seconds and then switch sides. Balance your body by performing this move on a regular basis.
2. Leg Swings
Standing on your right leg, lift your left leg three to six inches off the floor. With arms at your sides, swing your left leg to the front and back, touching the floor for balance, while keeping your abdominal muscles engaged. Now repeat the moves. Then switch and repeat!
3. One Legged Clock with Arms
Balance like a clock by envisioning the time. Now point your arm straight overhead to 12, then to the side (three), and then circle low and around to nine while maintaining a strong posture and without losing your balance. To improve further, step up to a challenge. Increase the challenge by having a friend call out the different times to you. Switch to the opposite arm and leg and repeat.
4. Use an Unstable Surface
Try performing your exercises or a stretch on an unstable surface like the Bosu ball. The Bosu will help you to improve your balance and work your core. This is one of the absolute best tools for improving your balance. With a matter of several days of performing exercises on the bosu you will see and feel the difference in your balance!
5. One Leg Deadlift
The one leg deadlift is the ultimate balancing exercise to target your core and improve your balance. To perform this super effective balance move stand tall, lean towards the ground and touch, then stand back up. Repeat on the other side. Perform for 3 sets of 10.
6. One Legged Squat
To better your balance you need to do exercises that help you become stronger on each side and isolation is certain to do this! Begin by putting your leg on a chair and dropping your legs down to 90 degrees or lowering into squat. As you become stronger, remove the chair and perform this with your newly improved balance. This exercise will be sure to help you!
7. Test out Other Balancing Tools
Check out the balance board and put your balance to the test. Stand on as long as you can comfortably, then get off. Get back on and repeat. Your goal is to build up to 10 minutes of standing on the balance board comfortably.
With these ultimate balance exercises there is no telling how much you will improve in your athletic performance and decrease your risk of injury. So perform these moves carefully and I promise you will feel the difference!