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Ways To Improve Your Balance

Improving balance takes work. It doesn’t have to be difficult but it should be regular enough to make a difference. 

Balance work can mean many things and can be worked on in many different ways.

They can include:

  • Balance from front to back
  • Balance from side to side
  • Balance in ranges of motion in your body
  • Balance on one foot
  • Using neurological cues (such as sight) to challenge your balance.                         

 

I give my Pilates clients balance homework every so often. We work on our balance in each of my online Pilates classes. Remember – you can work on your balance in your daily activities. For example, take time to balance on one foot while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew. You could also practice your balance while brushing your teeth.  This is great because, if you have good oral health, you are brushing your teeth multiple times a day which means multiple times a day that you can work on your balance. 

With balance work, if you don’t use it – you lose it.   As with most things in life, success and seeing measurable results comes from daily and consistent practice. Using your Pilates practice is a great way to stay consistent with your balance work. I would also encourage you to find a time in your day to work on your balance.

Here are a few key points to keep in mind to when practicing your balance:

  • Keep your eyes on a focal point in the room
  • Pay attention to your posture and stand nice and tall while you practice
  • Engage through your core
  • Notice your breath. Take nice slow inhales and exhales
  • Allow the knees to bend slightly. This will avoid hyperextending through the knees and allow for more stability

 

Most importantly – be safe. Grab a wall or chair for support if you need to.

Join me for online Pilates classes this month as we explore our balance and work to improve it. To learn more and sign up please visit www.my-pilates.ca

How will you find ways to incorporate balance into your day? Share in the comments what you have done so others can be inspired.  

 

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Christine Kirkland is a certified Pilates instructor offering Online Pilates classes proven to help you move better and feel better. Let’s get moving, shall we? To learn more please click here.

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