How to work on your balance
Be a flamingo!
So,….you want to work on your balance. The fastest and simplest way to start the ball rolling is to simply stand on one foot. Pick the other foot up in the air.
Can you maintain balance? Or do you tip over? Can you balance well on one side, but not on the other?
Balancing well on one side, but not the other, is very typical. However, we know that balance from front to back and side to side is crucial, not to mention left to right.
How can you fix this?
Well, first of all, start paying attention to the muscles you use when you are balancing.
My favorites for the best strength and balance include the chain reaction up the back of the leg- namely the calf, and hamstring, and glute.
Can you feel all three of those muscles, in that order? Or do you just use the calf and the glute, and the hamstrings are MIA. Or you just feel the quad, and nothing on the backside of the leg. Pay attention!
Shift your weight onto your heel, and hang onto the wall initially for stability. See if you can’t coax those calves and hammies and glutes to help you out.
Remember, 30% of that information neurologically is transferred to the other side via the “Reflex Arc”, so be sure to switch back and forth to keep feeding the neurological pathways.
It is as simple as imitating the famous bird who loves to stand on one foot:
Watch the video below to help cement the idea in your head and let me know in the comments below how simple it is to try!