Improving Your Balanceby Carole Phillips on 08/02/11
While improving your balance may not be your highest priority, it's a nice side effect of many exercise routines and it may help you prevent falls and injuries. Here are some examples of balance-building activities:
- Tai chi: This ancient Chinese martial art focuses on a series of smooth movements that improve both range of motion and balance.
- Pilates: Pilates strengthens muscles in the body's core, including the abs and the lower back. A stronger core improves posture and balance.
- Yoga: This ancient Indian practice improves flexibility, balance and posture.
- Stability Balls: Popular for building core muscle strength, exercises using these inflatable balls also help improve balance.
- Aerobics: Dance-based exercise routines burn calories and improve coordination.
- Roller Blading: This fun recreational activity burns calories and challenges your balance.
- Bicycling: Taking your bike for a spin is a great workout option and balancing on two wheels builds steadiness.
As you can see, many exercise routines encourage better balance. Why not try one this week?