17 Jul Why Better Balance is Best
Did you know that we use our balance constantly? You may think that sitting in a chair requires little effort, however, as you rest in a sitting position your body is still hard at work doing a balancing act.
Your Balance is Important
Limbs, torso, head… all our body parts need to be in balance to provide us with the ability to function. From walking, turning, lifting, reaching – any simple or dynamic movement requires your balance.
Control over such movements allow you to eat, shower, open doors and even get get out of bed every morning. Every action you take is governed by your ability to balance. This is why building strong balancing skills is essential to maintaining a healthy life that is characterised by freedom and independence.
Balance Includes Stability and Coordination
The better your balance, the more ease and enjoyment you experience as you move through life. By constantly pushing your body off alignment in daily activities and purposeful exercise, you are training your muscles and brain.
Stronger muscles bring your greater stability. This is a level of steadiness that helps you move effectively and efficiently. In addition to this, training your brain improves your coordination, a complex skill involving both strength and agility that is required to understand and complete necessary movement successfully.
Got Bad Balance? What Are Your Risks
Bad balance can be dangerous, especially later in life. Whether through a lack of coordination or muscle weakness, poor balance can lead to falls that cause great damage to your muscles, bones and even your organs repeatedly.
Humans require both static and dynamic balance training to ensure their bodies are equipped with the skills to tackle daily life and overcome physical challenges they encounter.
Find Greater Balance with Pilates
Pilates is an excellent exercise to improve your overall balance. Pilates movements, postures and routines target the torso and condition the core muscles. This is the powerhouse of the body when it comes to balance.
With a strong core comes great control over your whole body. Combined with building strength in the limbs, Pilates enhances your static and dynamic balancing skills, helping you create a pain-free and unrestricted life.
There is a wide variety of Pilates poses that can help to build your strength and balance. No matter what level your physical fitness, capability and flexibility, there are Pilates poses that can help you improve your stability and coordination.
Try a simple sequences involving roll ups and rolls downs, toe-heel rock and one leg stands. More advanced? Try routines incorporating leg circles, bridge, four point kneeling, leg slides, plank and inversions.
Find the level suitable for you and start to progress towards perfecting your balancing skills today!