Balance provides stability, aids in coordination, and helps us maintain control of our body. Doing exercises while unbalanced, such as doing abs on a bosu ball or doing a squat on a balance board, helps work the intrinsic muscles that help support our joints and keep us upright. The Mayo Clinic includes balance training as part of a well-balanced fitness routine.
There are two types of balance, static and dynamic. Static balance is maintaining stability while stationary, while dynamic balance is maintaining stability while moving. Today, we are going to work on our static balance with a one-leg balance exercise.
You can challenge your balance by closing your eyes and moving the position of your raised leg.
If you are interested in more ways to incorporate balance into your fitness routine, you can check out this article from prevention magazine.
There is also a lot of fun fitness equipment designed to work your balance, so if you are a fitness gadget junkie, you might want to check some of it out.
In the meantime, a little bit goes a long way, so grab some challenge points while you do your balancing exercise today.