When I first started my training to become a movement coach, I was blown away by how simple adjustments tend to make the greatest impact. Adopting a movement-based lifestyle may sound initially intimidating. It tends to go against conventional thinking. Living a movement-based lifestyle involves making your life LESS convenient so that you move more throughout the day. Again, this sounds odd but pays off in the long run. You prioritize your physical health and as a result, spend less time spent “working out” because you are meeting your movement needs throughout your day.
So, if you want to spend less time thinking about exercise and more time on the things you love, read on and try to implement at least one of the tips below.
Keeping a dedicated movement space in your home is an invitation to explore movement. By keeping this clear space, you are removing the obstacle of having to prep yourself a space for your restorative exercise...
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...