What is Balance Training?

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What Is Balance Training

One of the most important things I work on with my clients is balance. Through this one basic facet of your training, you can improve your coordination and posture, and reduce your risk of injury.

Balance is something we use every day. You are balancing when walking, getting up and down from a chair or the floor…even getting in and out of a car. All of these daily tasks can become easier with the proper training, yet represent a potential hazard when your body is out of balance. Why is that?

Your body’s ability to balance is the cooperative effort of your muscles, tendons, and joints. Scientifically speaking, proprioception is the body’s ability to interpret and use information about your position in space. By improving your proprioception, you can gain the balance skills necessary to maintain stability, sometimes even under threat of a fall.

Balance training helps to teach your muscles to respond quickly to change. For example when you are stepping off a curb and trip, your body will respond quicker when you have worked to improve your balance.

So how do you accomplish this? Incorporate balance training into your daily workout.

Start by balancing on one foot, have a chair next to you for safety. More steps in my next post. In the meantime, here are some tools on the market that are specifically designed to help you improve your balance.

  • Stability ball
  • Balance boards
  • Dina disc
  • BOSU ball
  • Foam Roller

The BOSU ball is one of my go-to pieces of equipment. There are endless possibilities of exercises that can be done on a BOSU, but the most important is to improve your balance and core strength.

Be sure to check back for detailed work out steps to improve your balance.

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