Do you find you’re a bit bored with some of the balance exercises you’ve been doing? In which case, this video will explain some of the balance exercise progressions you can choose from to help increase the challenge and create a bit of variety with what you’re doing.
Watch the video or read more below:
Here are the Balance Exercise Progressions to Try Out:
First, Find your Baseline:
Choose your start position:
- Feet wide
- Step standing – heel to toe
- Standing on one leg
Can you maintain that for 30-60 seconds?
If you need to, hold on to a chair. Please make sure feel safe, and comfortable.
Option #1: Do you need to hold on?
You’ll feel more support when holding on. To increase the challenge change it to light fingertip touch before taking your hand/arm away from the support completely.
Option #2: Can you add movement?
There are many different variations within this option, so we’ve got some suggestions for you. Feel free to try out your own options.
Suggestion #1: While Brushing your Teeth
Tip – this one’s good to do if you’re wanting to increase the consistency of practicing balance. Link the balance exercise with a daily habit and you’re more likely to remember.
Suggestion #2: Throw/Catch a Ball
Suggestion #3: Hip Rotations
Stand on your right leg and place your left foot behind the right knee. Sweep the left knee to the side and return to the start position. Repeat 5-6 times.
Option #3: Visualisation
Distract your mind with visualisation. Again, there are many ways you can do this:
- Think of a past holiday you’ve been on
- Visualise your route to work or favourite place
- Try doing sums
If you’re someone who focuses on one spot while balancing, this one may help improve this.
Option #4: Altered Surface
Flat surface = more stable
Altered surface = less stable
We’ve used an air cushion for this. If you’re happy to do this at home a simple cushion from your sofa will work just as well.
Option #5: Eyes Shut
Note: Please do not do this if you are not comfortable doing it. Your safety is the top priority.
Shutting your eyes takes away any visual cues you use to help stand upright. When you first try this, hold onto a chair initially to gain your confidence.
We suggest trying this one standing in front of a chair, which means you can sit down on the chair if you need to.
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Trying out different exercises is key to improving and maintaining the body’s flexibility, which in turn can help with recruiting muscles efficiently.
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