Balance exercises also improve your body awareness, body alignment and the ability to engage in daily recreational activities safely. Balance exercises will also improve your ability to catch ourselves from falling. Balance exercises will improve your balance effecting: vision, the inner ear and the nerve receptors in your joints.

4 benefits to doing balance exercises

1. Benefits neuromuscular coordination – helps improve the communication between your brain and muscles.
2. Helps with muscle isolation – forces you to maintain stabilization, engaging an individual muscle predominantly so that you are not using other muscles to help you cheat.
3. Helps hip stabilization – with single leg type balance exercises your gluteus medius is engaged and strengthened, helping hip stabilization.
4. Helps core stabilization – in turn helping to improve your coordination, athletic skill, and posture.

Balancing exercises

  • Balance on left leg. Hop forward and back 10 times, pausing to stabilize between hops. Switch legs and repeat.
  • As above, but hopping side to side 10 times with each leg.
  • Eyes-closed balance exercise (Keep a chair nearby to rest your hand on if needed.)
  • Stand on left leg, arms out to sides. Close your eyes and balance for 30 to 60 seconds. Switch legs and repeat.
  • Balancing on left leg, hug arms over chest. Close eyes for 30 to 60 seconds; switch legs and repeat.
  • Mark a 10-foot straight line on the floor or ground with chalk or tape, or by laying out a rope or clothesline.
  • Stand at one end and squat until your fingers brush the ground. Holding this position, walk the line without bouncing. When you finish, pause 5 seconds, and then stand up and squat back down five times. Then pick a spot a few feet away and leap toward it, being sure to land on the balls of your feet.

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