Improve your balance with exercise

improve your balanceAchieving and maintaining a good sense of balance and stability is arguably one of the most difficult and important things a person can do to live a healthy lifestyle. Whether you need to improve your physical, mental, or emotional state, there are numerous effective approaches you can take to work on all three simultaneously or individually.

The first thing you need to do is try to identify which aspects of your life require the most leveling out, prioritize them, and work on them to the best of your ability. Focus on the important parts of your life that are currently out of balance that may be causing you distress. By singling out problematic elements in your life, you can then work toward getting to the root of the problem and finding viable solutions for correcting them.

Practice good balance every day at any age


Whether you’re at work or at the gym, you can find creative ways of improving your physical and mental balance every day, regardless of age. To help improve your physical balance and endurance, try doing yoga or stretching exercises that target your biggest problem areas. The amount of focus required to hold certain poses or positions can also help to improve your overall mental focus and will inevitably increase your productivity. Improved physical balance set off a domino effect of positivity. After all, the better you feel physicallyly, the smoother your movements will be and this, in turn, boosts your mental focus.

Take a few moments every day to do the following stretches. If you feel too silly or embarrassed to try doing these at the office, then make time either before or after work to fit them in.

Down dog

Depending on your fitness level, you can either use a chair to accompany this movement to hold yourself up or you can balance yourself on the palms of your hands. Gently bend your torso, bending your knees as generously as you need to, and place your hands either on the floor or on the seat of your chair. Slowly move your feet backward a few inches and move your head towards your torso for support. To get out of this pose, walk your legs forward and slowly lift yourself up.

Tree pose

This is an excellent way to build strength and endurance in your leg muscles. Starting on your right side, place your hand on the back of your chair for support and slowly rotate and lift your left leg, placing it either on your right ankle or calf. Then, lift your left arm up and over your head. Hold this position for a few breaths and then lower your arm and your leg and repeat this pose on the opposite side. Keep in mind that it’ll feel different on either side.

Triangle pose


This is an excellent way of increasing your side balance. Start by placing your feet a little more than hip-width apart and turn your right foot slightly inwards with your toes facing toward the heel of your left foot. Raise your arms to shoulder length as you inhale deeply and as you exhale, slowly start to bend towards your left side and place your left hand on the back of the chair. Or, if you’re more flexible, let your left fingertips touch the floor. Hold this pose for a few moments and then repeat it on the other side.

Not only can these moves help you master an impeccable physical balance, but implementing them on a regular basis can also help you strike a healthy work and personal life balance as well. The best part is that you can easily do these either at home, at work, or even on-the-go and they’re adjustable for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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