Physical balance skills are among the most underrated fitness abilities. It is somewhat surprising, since physical balance is instrumental in every sporting activity as well as everyday life. If you’re looking to improve your balance, agility, and coordination, we have a simple five minute solution for you…
How To Improve Balance
Many people think good physical balance skills are hereditary, when in fact it is a learned and practiced skill. Your physical balance will decrease naturally with age to a certain extent, but the primary reason for decline is lack of effort devoted to maintaining the skill. Just look at gymnasts, figure skaters, and divers. All of these athletes depend on great balance to excel. As such, much of their physical training is devoted to working on maintaining a high degree of balance and agility.
Therefore, it stands to reason anyone wanting to improve their balance should practice the skill as part of a fitness regimen. Board sport participants, like snowboarders and surfers, enhance their equilibrium via actual participation in their sport.
But for those who aren’t board sport enthusiasts, it’s necessary to integrate balance improving exercises and techniques into our workouts.
Balance Boards: The Most Effective Way To Improve Balance
Balance boards are a relatively new type of fitness equipment. They are moderately priced and available through specialty online retailers. The concept behind these boards is simulating balancing activities like board sports or walking on a narrow sidewalk ledge.
Basically, the board is attached to a roller or cylinder. The idea is to stand atop the board and balance while not letting the edges touch the ground. Of course, it sounds easier than it is! But, it is a fantastic leg workout and you will find your equilibrium will improve quickly. For those who are relatively fit, it will take about five minutes to adapt to the experience. The challenge is to stay on the balance board for progressively longer intervals.
Balance Cushions: Training For Board Sports
Balance cushions are similar in theory. They are inflatable, usually to a height of ten to twelve inches, with a diameter of approximately two feet. If you’re involved in board sports, there is no better way to simulate the movement of your sport.
The cushion is designed to use with your surf, wake, or snow board. Simply center your board atop the cushion, stand on your board, and go along for the “ride”. You will find it extremely challenging at first, even if you’re at an advanced level.
The goal is the same as with the balance board… stay atop the cushion for progressively longer intervals.
Balance boards and cushions are the most direct and effective way to work on your balance skills. Best of all, you can use the equipment just about anywhere and you don’t need to be an athlete. All you need is a sincere desire to improve your balance.