In this video, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Kristen Kennedy demonstrates several exercises you can do to improve your balance.
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Exercises to Improve Balance Kristen Kennedy: Whether you're playing a sport or simply walking down the stairs, maintaining your balance is key to overall health. So I'm going to show you a few little exercises that you can do to improve that balance. First things first, you can do this on a set of stairs at home or you can do it on a curve you have to, happen to be on the side of the road. All you want to do is have one foot on the curve or the stair and one foot hanging off. You're going to sit back, lightly tap the floor and then come up. So you're bending at the leg that's on the highest here and then lifting up. Now one thing I don't want you to do is just drop the hip and then up, I want you to focus on bending to the stabilizing leg and then up. You'll really feel the glutes pick up, activate and also you'll feel all the muscles in the ankle kind of trigger. So that's what's happening, they're strengthening so it can hold you up. If you want a little bit more of a workout it's too easy, take it down and then lift up a leg. You'll feel the hips, all of a sudden start working right there. Sit down and up. It can be about three sets of 15 and you'll have a good workout for that balance right there. Now another move, I'm going to show you a one-legged squat. So another thing for your balance, this is taking in up another level so I will suggest starting with the ones where you're up on the stair. This next one, you're just going to balance on the leg. I'm going to ask you to sit back and then up. Weight goes all into that heel in that stabilizing leg. So sit and then push, down and lift, you'll have all that load on that one single leg, so you've really got to control it and keep it steady. There's one for that. Now another thing, I'm not sure you may have it at your gym, if you do, perfect! Try a Yoga class. Yoga classes offer such a workout, you've got strength, you've got balance, you may even have a little bit of Tai Chi which will provide that strengthening for all those tiny little muscles that actually holds you up. So try one of those classes out, you'll get a good workout from that and I hope those moves that I showed you before will help you out with that as well.
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