Putting one foot in front of the other seems like an easy concept without much thought involved. After we learn to walk as a toddler, we usually don’t give walking or balance much thought. Balance is a crucial part of life. We usually don’t know it’s not working until it is challenged or gone. Balance helps you sit, stand, get up and down, walk, run, ride a bike and includes everyday functional moves to experience your day.
At InnerStrength University, balance is an essential component of every exercise we do or instruct as part of our Personal Training Programs. Balance involves your core muscles—the ones surrounding your spine. Whether we incorporate a balance exercise for balance itself, for example, the Yoga Tree Pose, or as a part of another exercise, such as a one leg weighted deadlift, every exercise will challenge and give instant feedback to exactly how balanced and strong your core is functioning.
Uneven cracked pavements, a misjudged step or even icy sidewalks can quickly give insight into how strong your balance and core are at that moment. By why wait? Why take the chance of an unnecessary injury?
Gymnasts, football players, runners and other athletes are taught how to fall so they can minimize any potential injury and maximize results. This incorporates balance training and core strengthening. Why should you be any different? If all of your energy in a workout is focused on maintaining balance, you will not be exercising the focused muscles properly, therefore will experience slow or inconsistent results.
If your balance is off, all movements made are deeply ineffective. Your core is essential to every move you make. So how balanced are you? Stay tuned as we introduce different waves to measure your balance.
~ Denise B. Povernick