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Ways to Improve Your Balance

Improve Your Balance, Improve Your Life

If you're like me then you may find yourself saying, "I have horrible balance." While I thought I was doomed to wobbling around every time I put on my shoes standing up, I found out that you can improve your balance easily. Why does it even matter? Well balance training repairs damaged pathways to the brain, strengthens weakened stabilizing muscles, and teaches the body new strategies for keeping itself upright. What's more? Jumping over puddles, standing on a ladder to change light bulbs, snowboarding, and riding on the bus (standing up) all require balance, so a little improvement just makes your life easier.

To find out how to help improve your own balance, just

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I found these tips from Canada.com extremely helping in improving my own balance:

Start by standing on one leg and then the other for several seconds each. If this simple task isn't enough to throw you off kilter, stand on one leg while brushing your teeth or washing the dishes using the counter to steady any wobbles before they lead to a fall.

If that's too easy, try it with your eyes closed or on an unstable surface like a pillow. Both stances increase the challenge considerably and teach your body how to stabilize when sensory data is impaired and the environment becomes unstable.

If you're looking to improve your balance further then try yoga exercises on a BOSU or balance board, and even walking while putting one foot directly in front of the other should help — it may not make you Nadia Comenici but it's a start, right?

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islander0684 islander0684 8 years
I have awful balance but I started doing yoga and that has helped a lot. Also, if you enjoy weight training... I take a weight (I use 15lbs but maybe start with 8-10) and hold it with two hands in front of me. Standing on my left foot I bend forward at the waist and, while extending my right leg, I bend until I can touch the weight to the ground and slowly come back up to standing. Do seven on one leg and then switch. It's hard!
islander0684 islander0684 8 years
I have awful balance but I started doing yoga and that has helped a lot. Also, if you enjoy weight training... I take a weight (I use 15lbs but maybe start with 8-10) and hold it with two hands in front of me. Standing on my left foot I bend forward at the waist and, while extending my right leg, I bend until I can touch the weight to the ground and slowly come back up to standing. Do seven on one leg and then switch. It's hard!
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 8 years
i should try this
ktgrl1818 ktgrl1818 8 years
i should try this
jiujiu jiujiu 8 years
i never thought to make attempts while brushing my teeth and the like. I'll have to do that. i consider myself pretty coordinated but simple things can make me wipe out, hopefully this will help :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I might give it a try...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I might give it a try...
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
i could use some help in the balance dept. I'll try this out!
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