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Performing a Balancing Act
Balance is often put on the backburner of most fitness programs. In fact, we often don't think about balance until we lose it.
Good balance is necessary to perform all activities in optimal form and to reduce injuries. Properly developed core muscles (the muscles from your shoulder to your groin) are central to stabilizing the entire body and promoting balance.
Training for better balance doesn't have to be a major project. First, thoroughly train your core a few times per week.Then perform some actual balance moves such as:
* standing on one leg with various arm positions
* stand with feet together and eyes closed.
* stand on one leg and shift your glance up, down, right and left.
* repeat all of the above on an uneven surface like a soft pillow.
Crosstraining which involves participating in a variety of activities significantly improves coordination, strength and flexibility which in turn leads to better balance. Finally try walking or jogging on uneven ground or sand.
As you can see balance training isn't difficult or time consuming but it is a necessity. Balance is as important as other fitness componenets and should be given proper attention in the design of a well rounded exercise program.
About the Author: Dr Lanny Schaffer is an Exercise Physiologist and President of The International Fitness Academy. For more cutting edge health and fitness articles go to http://www.aerobic-exercise-coach.com