Try these Easy Tests:60 Second One-Legged Balance Drill: Eyes Open
~Stand barefoot with arms over the chest. Focus on a spot on a wall in front of you at eye level. Raise one leg to that the raised foot is near but not touching the ankle of the stance limb. Make sure not to lean or tilt the back. Try three times & record your best try. Keep striving to balance for at least 60 seconds.
30 Second One-Legged Balance Drill: Eyes Closed.~Stand barefoot on one leg, cross arms over chest, & close your eyes. If unsure of your balance & agility, keep fingers hovering near a stable surface like the back of a chair. Make sure not to lean or tilt the back. Try three times & record your best time.
Reducing visual input forces the brain to focus on input from the spine, hip, knee, and ankle thereby improving the stability of these areas. Strive for 30 seconds of balance with eyes closed.
Note your best times of these drills and practice daily to see improvements. Our group classes & private sessions at EmPower Pilates & Yoga always include balance so visit our studio or speak with your trainer for more ways to improve balance, reduce your risk of falling, and stay functionally younger.