Improving Your Balance : Stay Fit and Healthy

Improving Your Balance

by 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?


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