If you frequent this blog, you take your health and fitness seriously. You most likely have a step goal that you’ll reach come hell or highwater, your strength training routine is challenging and smart, and your nutrition is a far cry from what it was as a college freshman. But, what are you doing for balance training?
Balance is a skill, and like any skill, needs to be practiced to maintain and even improve upon. As we age, balance becomes critical in preventing falls, but for those who are physically active, improving your balance can stave off injury. Balance training engages your core and strengthens your stabilizer muscles, making you more resilient to missteps and quick directions changes.
As Howard LeWine, M.D., details on the Harvard Health Blog, improved balance has a host of benefits:
A great thing about balance exercises, is there are many you can do with no equipment, meaning you can do them anywhere.Here are some of my favorites that use only your body:
To make any of these exercises more challenging, try dimming the lights, closing one eye, and lastly closing both eyes. Without visual stimulation your balance will be challenged much more intensely.
Start incorporating a few of these exercises into your day. You can do them while you brush your teeth, wait for the microwave, or during commercials. End your regular strength training workouts with a few minutes of balance training as you cool down, making it more of a habit.
Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark helps Men Over 50 get lean, healthy and strong so they can be cool dads and grand dads using his signature Spartan Method system.
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