Bust a move for better balance

Words byHayley Hayley

Life is all about balance. Particularly with Libra season on the way. And while most of us have gotten better at eating a more balanced diet and striving for a better work-life balance, there’s one aspect we may have forgotten about. Our physical balance!

We work out to become leaner and stronger, but we pay little attention to improving our balance. We’re all focused on seeing results, but this sort of mentality will only hurt us in the long run. We need to find time to be better at balancing in addition to putting in the time for cardio and strength training.

Because not only will improved balance help you in your workouts but also in everyday life. Your posture will improve, those stairs to the office will become a breeze and Text neck will be a thing of the past.

Thankfully, if you’ve been less than…ahem… balanced about your workout routines before, you can still turn things around. Try adding these totally doable moves to your workouts to become a better, more balanced you in no time.

  • Standing Tree Pose: This is great to do on the floor, a folded mat or a BOSU (depending on how good your balance is already). Stand with your feet together, spine tall and arms outstretched. Slowly raise your left foot up the side of your right leg to either your calf or your inner thing, balancing on your right leg only. Lift your arms overhead and hold for 30 seconds. Switch legs. 
  • Plank Pose: Begin on your hands and toes in a straight line, with your hips and butt in line with the rest of your body. Hold for 5 breaths.
  • Side Plank Pose (on both sides!): Lie on your left side with feet together and left forearm under your left shoulder. Tighten your core and raise your hips until your body is in one straight line. Hold for 5 breaths. Repeat on the other side!
  • Sumo Squat with Thigh Pulse: Start in a wide stance with feet turned out 45 degrees. Bend at both your knees and hips, lowering into a sumo squat with your torso upright. When you lift back up to standing, extend your right leg and left arm, pulsing your right leg in the air three times. Return your right leg to the ground and left arm to your side and repeat for 12 reps. Do the same with the left leg and right arm.
  • Toe Balance Squat: Stand with your toes together and heels apart. Bend your knees, pressing your thighs and heels together, and then lift your heels off the floor as you press the balls of your feet down. Keep your core activated and your spine straight as you lower down. Hold for 10 breaths.
  • Standing Crunch with Under-Leg Clap: Begin by standing on your right leg with the left raised to hip height, knee bent in a 90-degree angle and hands overhead. Crunch forward and clap your hands under your raised left leg. Clap overhead again and then repeat 12 times. Do the same with your left leg on the ground and right leg raised hip height and knee bent at 90 degrees.
  • Lunge Walks: Begin in a standing position. Lunge one foot forward and hold for two breaths with both legs in 90-degree angles (your knees will be over your ankles). Lift to standing and follow with the other leg. Continue for 15 reps on each side.