Balance workshop - balance exercises for daily exercise routines

PT360 Balance Workshop

Countertop Stretch: To stretch everything out

Balance exercises like countertop stretches are important to maintain balance and peak exercise performanceRest with your forearms on a counter, feet shoulder width apart. Sway your hips forward, left and right. Assume a staggered stance and stretch the calf on the back leg or lunge forward to stretch the thigh. You can straighten the front knee and lift the toes.

Hip Abduction and Extension: For stronger hips and back

Hip abductions and extensions help improve balance and lessen the chance of sports related injuriesHip Abduction and Extension (2)Stand behind a chair or at a counter top. Kick your leg out to the side approximately 12 inches. Do 10-20 repetitions. Make sure you don’t bend or arch your back. Now do the same thing, but kick back. Remember only approximately 12 inches and watch your posture. You can challenge yourself by holding the position 30-60 seconds. You can also do these lying down.

Sit to Stand Using Hip Hinging: For stronger legs, improve balance and stamina

Sit to stand hip hinging for stronger legs, as well as improved balance and staminaSit on the edge of a firm chair with your feet up under you, and your heels on the floor. Keeping your back straight as if a stick was along your spine, bend from the hip and stand up. You need to bring your weight over your feet as if in a “squatting” position before rising. Perform 10-20 times/day. If you can’t do this from a standard chair, start with something higher such as an elevated toilet seat and slowly progress to a chair.

Cervical Rotation with Weight Shifting: For improved neck and trunk motion

Cervical rotation with weight shifting is great for improved back and trunk motion.Lean to the right while turning your head, shoulders, and waist to the left 10 times. Repeat to the right. This will also help with lane changes while driving.

Steep Stance: For stronger legs and better proprioception

Include steep stance in your exercise routine for stronger legs and better ProprioceptionStand with one foot on a stool and one foot on the floor or cushion. See if you can balance for two minutes on each leg. You can increase the challenge by looking around and reaching around. For even more of a challenge, slowly place one foot onto and off the stool. Begin with the floor and stool and once you’ve mastered this, progress to the cushion and stool.

Standing in Various Foot Positions: For stronger ankles and better proprioception

Standing in various foot positions makes for stronger ankles and proprioception while helping to maintain balanceThis can be done on a cushion/blanket or on the floor and with the shoes on but better with shoes off. Just as it states, stand in different foot positions such as feet together, staggered stance and/or heel to toe. Once you have confidence, challenge yourself further by looking and reaching in various directions SLOWLY at first.

Rug Hugs: Foot and arch strengthening

Rug hugs are good for foot and arch strengtheningBegin by doing this sitting (shoes on or off) and as you get stronger, you can do this standing. Pretend that you are trying to pick up the carpeting with your arch and NOT your toes. Start with 25 times and work up to 300 times!

Sacral Fulcrum: For improved postural alignment

Use sacral fulcrum for improved postural alignment.Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place a FIRMLY rolled towel in the shape of a “hotdog” down the center of your sacrum, 1-inch BELOW your belt line. Remain here for 3-4 minutes gently oscillating back and forth. Do this first thing in the morning and again later if in pain or feeling off balance. Although not as effective, you can do this in bed. You need to place a firm surface under you such as a cutting board – then lie on towel as described above.

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