Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises to Improve Your Balance
(KUTV) — Good balance is something that positively affects your everyday life, but it is often overlooked when constructing an exercise program, says Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray. Beck recommends that you add these quick, simple and fun moves to your existing workout routine a few times per week in order to improve and maintain your balance!
1) Toe Balance: Bring your heels up off the floor so you are balancing on your toes. Position your hands in front of your chest, palms together. Now, slowly look up, down, to the left and to the right. Do this continuously for 30 seconds.
2) Follow The Finger: Get into a split position by placing your right leg directly in front of the left leg and visualize yourself standing on a tight rope. Bring your right hand up and position it in front of your eyes. Focus on the index finger as you slowly raise it up, following it with your gaze. Bring it back to center and then out to the left and then to the right. Do this continuously for 30 seconds, then switch your stance and do 30 seconds with the other side.
3) Leg Cross: Balance on your left leg. Gently swing your right leg across the front of your body and then across the back of your body. Do this continuously for 30 seconds, then switch sides. You can hold onto the back of a chair or something comparable to help with balancing if it is too hard on your own.