Balance and proprioception has become a hot topic in the health and fitness world. It seems as though I hear more and more from all of you that balance and strength deficits are plaguing and that you are quite perplexed as to why you struggle like you do. Have you ever questioned where your balance has gone? Do you feel like your balance and proprioception used to be incredible as you would jump and swing and walk carefree along a log in the woods? Do you frequently say to yourself, “Well, I never had balance in the first place” or “I am just so clumsy”? See, as a kid, we challenged our balance and proprioception continuously. If we planned to keep up with our friends, we had to test our proprioception out. As we get older, we tend to challenge it less. If you are in a sport or activity that requires large amounts of balance and strength, that is one thing. If not, you may be neglecting that important training factor. As we go through life, staying physically balanced, strong, active, and challenged as such may fall by the wayside or just not be so consistent. Balance deficits are often due to a few factors such as muscle imbalances, hearing, vision, and body movement through space. This blog is focused on the physical aspect with a touch of the other factors to increase or decrease difficulty level. Remember, if you don’t train purposefully for balance, you LOSE it! So, what can you do to improve your balance and proprioception? Work it, girl!
Balance Verses Proprioception
Balance is a system that is biological and that enables us to know where our bodies are in the environment. It is to help us maintain a desired position. Balance that is “normal,” depends on information from the inner ear (turning or forward-backward, side-to-side, and up-and-down motions), sight and touch and hearing, and muscle movement and strength. Proprioception is when you can sense stimuli within the body in regards to position, motion, and equilibrium. For example, the average person knows that your arm is positioned above the head, regardless if you have ear plugs in and are blindfolded. Balance and proprioception are super important for maneuvering your physical body through space. Think…not falling on your face every time you take a step!
Rocking Your Body The Right Way!
“You lose your healthy footing when you neglect your balance”
~Tansy N. Rodgers/ beU Complete
Take action now! How is your balance? Are you able to maintain a steady balance for a few seconds or a few minutes? Regardless of where you are at, I want you to take action on establishing a more solid base and working that balance. Do the exercises in this video for 10 repetitions on each side for 2-3 sets each. (Except for the single leg stand. Do 3-4 sets for each leg and hold for as long as you can). Perform them 2-3 times a week and journal your progress so that you know where you need to challenge yourself more and where you are still lagging behind.
Do you have other balance exercises that are staples in your workout program? If so, I want to hear all about it! Live your life with passion and purpose…
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