Great balance enhances our life in many different ways. It helps prevent us from falling when we run on an uneven surface, gives us more power in our movements, and helps us avoid injury. Portland personal trainer recommends adding balance exercises into your daily workout routine for added benefits.
What exactly do balance exercises entail? Below are some great balance movements to try out in order of easiest, to most challenging.
1. One leg balance on flat surface. Lift one of your feet up to the side of your knee, slightly bending your standing leg. Try and hold this position for 30 seconds, before switching legs.
2. One leg hops. Start in the same position as the exercise above, and using your arms to propel you up in the air to perform a hop. If this proves to be too challenging, allow your raised leg to come down to the ground before you leap in the air.
3. Squats on Bosu Ball. Stand on top of a Bosu, flat end on the ground. Slowly space your feet out and lower your body down as far as you can while still maintaining balance. When you’ve mastered this, flip the Bosu over, round side on the ground, and perform the same movement.
4. One leg squat on ground. Balance on one leg, and slowly allow your leg to lower you down, reaching your opposite hand to your shin.