Balance is an important factor in general fitness that allows us to live a normal life. A good balance is needed to do just about everything including walking, standing, climbing stairs, getting out of a chair, and leaning over to tie your shoes.
Performing exercises that strengthen the muscles that improve balance is called balance training. These muscles are mostly found in your legs and core. Balance training improves stability and prevents falls.
Some balance exercises may be intense, such as yoga poses. Others may be as simple as standing on one leg for a few seconds every day. In this article, we shall look at some amazing exercises that you can do to improve your balance.
Exercises to improve your balance
Balance training helps create muscular balance in the body, improves neuro-muscular co-ordination and teaches your body to use the core for stabilization. Here are 5 exercises that will help you in your balance training routine.
1) Tree Pose
You can do the tree pose on the floor, a folded mat, or BOSU. This balance training exercise strengthens your ankles, improves your balance, and engages your core. Here’s how you can perform it:
- Stand with your feet together, keeping your spine tall, and arms outstretched. If you are on a BOSU, you can use either side, ball or flat.
- Slowly lift your left foot from the floor and press it against the side of your right calf and try to stand in this position.
- Lift you arms over your head slowly to make the branches of the tree and hold for 30 seconds. Then switch legs.