Single Leg Balance – a quick reminder

By | February 9, 2017

It’s really important to do something to improve your balance and your hard-pressed to beat single leg balance.

One, it’s not difficult. All you have to do is just stand there. 30 seconds to one minute per foot, 3-5 times per week. Or everyday just to keep it simple. And while you do this, you’re strengthening your feet, ankles, knees, and hips—and improving your balance.

Another benefit of the exercise is, it’s meditative. When you do this, you should just calm your mind and do nothing else but the balancing. Once you are able to balance for 1 minute per foot easily, you will have a tremendous sense of connection to the ground. You will feel more stable on your feet. You’ll far less likely to fall or lose your balance. And, your feet, ankles, knees, and hips will all be stronger.

For those over 70, a must—especially if you are inactive.

For those younger and with more prowess, do this progression: turn your head, close your eyes, turn your head close your eyes. Doing single leg balance on a Bosu is also great.

Try it as an ending to your workout or just by itself 1-3 days per week.

Author: Justin Qualler

Justin Qualler is that rare animal who balances an active life—he's both a full-time technical writer and devoted family man—with a level of fitness that takes a back seat to none. Justin's convinced that everyone can make optimal health and strength a default setting in their life.