I love Fall! I love the weather, the colors and I even love getting back into a routine after summer has thrown my schedule out of whack! Resuming a regular workout schedule is a part of getting back into a routine, and as we do that, it is important to make sure that our workout includes all aspects of fitness. That includes stretching, cardiovascular fitness, strength, and balance.
Balance is an area we don’t focus on enough in the fitness realm, and yet it is an extremely important factor for athletes and people of all ages. Balance helps athletes lift more weight, have more productive workouts, reduce the chance for injury, and participate in any sport with more power and agility.
Because our balance begins to erode in our 50’s, focusing on balance as a part of our regular workout routine as we age can increase our confidence in our physical abilities, reduce falls that can lead to broken bones, and help us live independently and continue to perform the regular activities of daily living to a ripe old age!
HealthStyles Exercise Equipment provides a variety of accessories that can help you improve and maintain balance as a part of your normal workout routine. Bosu Balls, Stability Balls, and Balance Boards can all enhance your balance.
Click here for a video from ACE Fitness showing a simple progression of balance training exercises:
In addition, HealthStyles is pleased to feature a new product, just out on the market, that is sure to challenge and improve the proprioceptive feedback that will help improve your balance.
The M-Board by Modern Movement allows the user to train using multiple planes of motion (3D) that more closely replicates the way our bodies move in balance sports, and in everyday living. For those not quite ready for the 3D movement of the M-Board, a balance stand can help you progress more quickly from a 2D back and forth motion to a 3D motion.
To learn more about the importance of balance for people of all ages, we recommend the following articles:
The Perfectly Balanced Body by Andrew Heffernan talks about balance as a part of the workout routine of an athlete.
Work on your balance now to avoid falls when you’re older. Lenny Berstein talks about how working on your balance now can help you avoid falls when you get older.
Training for Balance, Training for Life from the American Council on Exercise provides more details on the mechanical principles related to balance and how to manipulate training variables to achieve better balance, improved fitness, and quality.
Or visit a local HealthStyles Exercise Equipment store to see and try our selection of balance training tools.