Just as having a balanced diet is important so is finding your balance when you are working out and exercising.
We talked earlier this week about breath and how important it is to breathe correctly during your workout – but when was the last time you focused on your balance? When was the last time you took notice of how stable your core, legs, arms, and neck were during a work out?
Balance is important – if you do not have a stable balance, then you set yourself up for a risk of injury.
Here are two of my favorite balance exercises to make sure that I have a strong and stable foundation:
Single Leg Balance – Stand with both feet firmly on the ground. Lift one of your feet and place it by your ankle. Hold this position for 30 seconds and switch to the other foot. Complete this exercise 3-4 times. (IMPORTANT NOTE: The reason you keep your foot close to the floor is to touch your toe to the floor if you start to feel unstable.)
Kneeling Superman – Begin on all fours on the floor. Slowly raise one arm and the alternate leg at one time. Hold for 10-15 seconds and return to your starting position. Then repeat on the other side. Complete this exercise 3-4 times.
Incorporating balance and stability exercises into your routine will ensure that you keep your core foundation strong and reduce the risk of injury.
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