If you’ve read the HiDow Blog before, you know that we focus on working out, recovering from injuries, and improving your overall health. Part of that includes improving your balance so that you can perform your functional body movements to the best of your ability. Balancing is no different. If you have ever taken a yoga class before, you know how hard balancing can really be! Being able to balance and hold poses requires a lot of core strength that is important outside of just yoga but to your overall athleticism. Balance is one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of working out and it has a huge impact when it comes to cardiovascular and strength training. Your ability to balance affects working out in ways that you probably haven’t thought of before but there are also ways that you can workout to help improve your balance as well.
the Importance of Balance
Balance is immensely important for being able to navigate your surroundings in your day to day life. Balance allows you to walk on uneven surfaces, in poorly lit areas and in the dark, and it allows you to walk in crowded spaces without having to keep your head down looking at your feet.
Balance also allows you to get through exercise of every kind. That’s why it’s so important to work on your balance any time that your work out.
Balance and Age
The ability to balance is increasingly more important as you age too! As we age, our body naturally experiences a level of deterioration that makes life more difficult. As we see a natural decline in our body functions, we also see a decline in our ability to balance.
Because of this, it is more important than ever to make sure that we are working on our balance as we age. Especially if we hope to maintain our athletic ability to hike, run, ride bikes, and play sports.
Balance and Strength
One of the ways that we can improve our balance at any age is to focus on the way that we strengthen our bodies. People who have a lot of balance also have a lot of core strength in addition to strong ankles, and legs.
In order to improve your strength and balance, it is important to work out in ways that develop those cose muscles in your abdomen.
Workout to Improve Balance
To improve your balance and core strength, you should do exercises that strengthen your abs. Modified push ups, planks, and dumbbell workouts are pretty standard exercises for this. Additionally you can work on exercises that focus on balance and coordination.
One exercise that I really enjoy is taking a Bosu Ball and placing near a wall. I then take a soccer ball or basket ball and stand on one leg on the Bosu ball. While balancing I give myself wall passes. Alternate legs, and repeat!
Building up core strength and balance isn’t easy, but it’s worth it and absolutely necessary!