Working on your balance doesn’t need to involve any fancy equipment and can be as simple as putting a 2x4 on a stack of books or yoga blocks to create a simple beam! Or if you aren’t so confident with your balance, try the 2x4 on the floor by itself first. Then give these 3 moves a try:
👣 Pelvic listing on the beam is a great way to work on single leg standing and get your lateral hip muscles doing their job again. Stand on he beam on one foot and focus on pulling your hip inward to keep it stacked above your ankle.
👣 Heel-to-toe standing and walking on the beam. If you have to move quickly along the beam it’s an indicator you don’t have good balance control. The slower you move here the better.
👣 And the trickiest one for me: walking sideways along the beam. Try it both directions!
Some tips to get more out of your balance work:
👣 Try this in front of a mirror for feedback and motor learning. This helps integrate your brain and your body.
👣 Try your balance work both before and after foot mobility work and calf stretching so you can see what a difference it makes.
👣 Above all else laugh, have fun, and be creative. This is even more fun with a movement buddy!