It doesn’t matter what kind of fitness you’re into, or even whether you’re into fitness at all: coordination and balance are two things that you can always benefit from having down pat. Aside from boosting your workout performance, they help you with basic everyday tasks, whether it be walking down the street, applying your makeup, or even just pouring yourself a glass of water (okay, you’re probably not uncoordinated enough to mess up the glass of water, but you get the picture). Luckily, there are certain exercises that you can do either at the gym or at home in front of your tv that will help you improve your balance and coordination in no time. And the best part is that these moves hardly really feel like exercises at all, so you can be sure that you’ll reap some major benefits without a whole ton of hard work.
This exercise gets straight to the point and immediately tests your balancing skills, and the best part about it is that it’s one of the easiest exercises there is. What you essentially need to do is just lift your leg up and hold it. You should lift your leg high enough so that your hip is positioned at a 90-degree angle, and you should attempt to keep it there as long as you possibly can. The longer you are able to balance on one foot, the better your overall balance is!
Balancing on Hands and Knees
Time to work those core muscles! In this exercise, you do exactly what the name says. Grab your yoga mat and get on your hands and knees. Raise one of your arms and stretch it out in front of you, while also kicking the opposite leg back behind you. Make sure you contract your ab muscles in order to really get the full results. Repeat on the opposite side once you are done holding the position as long as you can.
Who said you can’t channel your inner five year old when you’re exercising? Aside from supposed schoolyard games from your childhood being great workouts, hopscotch can actually help you improve your balance in a big way, and you can customize your workout by making your course as complex as you want. When you’re jumping between boxes, make sure you are not stepping on any of the lines. To make things a little more interesting, toss a beanbag into a few random squares and try to steer clear of the ones that you chose.