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Improve Your Balance

Improve Your Balance

Balance falls into the same category as flexibility and core strength. Our bodies need these to properly function, though it seems as though it isn’t a major priority to most people. Core strength works as an anchor for your body and helps maintain balance. Core exercises such as sit-ups or using a balance board will strengthen your core while improving your balance.

One legged exercises will also improve balance as you are focusing on strengthening your leg muscles. Tai chi is believed to improve flexibility, balance, cardio respiratory fitness, muscle strength, and endurance. Stretching is a wonderful way to improve balance and motion. Stretching a few times a week will improve balance, especially with a set of light weights.

Vision is a huge aspect in balance. Have you ever noticed it easier to balance when you have your gaze fixed on a particular area rather than looking all over? Vision works with the proprioceptive systems to maintain balance and prevent many falls.  You can start by just standing up tall and closing your eyes without moving. Over time, combine a narrow base of support with some-leg balances while closing your eyes. This will definitely improve your balance.

Build Muscle to Lose Weight

Build Muscle to Lose Weight

d6ae4a3b99eb526615eeaef1a888171f_5pkqAs we age many of us begin to gain weight. As adults, if we do not do strength training exercises, we lose muscle mass. Muscle is very dense and takes up less room than fat. Muscle requires fuel, fuel as in calories. Therefore in order to stay lean we need to keep some muscle.

It is recommended to strength train 3-4 times per week. If you are just beginning, start out with light weights. Don’t overdo it to cause injury. The goal is to strengthen slowly.

Check with your doctor to make sure you are physically able to do the exercises. Your doctor should be able to give you guidelines.

Hire a Personal Trainer if it is in your budget. Form more information on Personal Training email me at:   jackie@resultswellnesscenters.com or by phone 866-998-4100.

Coach Jackie;-)