Line Balances …and Why It’s So Important To Do Them


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Balance is back on my radar after I saw a new study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. In a nutshell, it found that you’re twice as likely to die in the next decade if you’re unable to balance on one foot for 10 seconds. This isn’t anything new, really. There’s been ample research linking balance with longevity for many decades now, but I appreciated the reminder. Which is why I made this latest video:

 

In this video, I first chat about the importance of balance and why it declines as we age. Then! I share 14 different balance exercises you can do to train your balance. The tasks go from senior and beginner friendly all the way up to advanced. They’re all done on a line, which is an especially efficient way to work your coordination. Using the line as a training tool forces your brain to interpret both the visual and kinesthetic input it’s receiving to make sure you’re placing your foot accurately on the line. To do that, it requires some complex communication between your body and your brain; and that right there is exactly what we need to train. This line of communication dulls as we age, usually starting in our 50’s. But you don’t have to go down without a fight, I know I certainly don’t plan to now that I’m in my 50’s.

Do balance exercises like the ones in this video regularly… daily even… and you’ll be rocking your next chapters of life well into your senior years!

Hope you enjoy the video, and stay balanced, fitrvers!

xo, Trainer Stef

 

 



After 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and the University level in Special Physical Education, Stef made the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach specializing in seniors, medical conditions, and injuries. Stef loves running, cycling, and being “Mugga” to her two favorite mini-humans — Punky and Marshmallow. ❤️


    6 thoughts on “Line Balances …and Why It’s So Important To Do Them

    1. Alexa

      Stefany – you did a fabulous explanation and presentation! Balance does wane and we thankyou for sharing such a good set of exercises.

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        Thanks, Alexa! Balance training is certainly one of the neglected fitness components… so it’s one I especially love talking about. 🙂

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    2. Linda

      Stef-thank you so very much for creating this video. I am in my 60’s & decided I needed to give these exercises a try. Done! Loved them and now I am challenging myself to go through them once/week. I also have shared your video to several friends who may enjoy your exercises.
      I find balance to be one of my favorite challenges!
      Thanks again, Linda

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      1. Stefany - Post author

        I’m so glad to hear these were useful for you! I love that you’ve got an interest in balance challenges. It really is a secret weapon in aging well, and will keep you youthful and moving well long past your retirement years. So keep going! xo

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    3. Jan Henry

      Is there a written version of these exercises? I’d like to do them but my memory isn’t what it used to be and we don’t have Wifi in most of the campgrounds we visit. Thanks for your exercises—I keep my printouts in our Travato and enjoy doing them!

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      1. Linda

        I would recommend that you write-up these exercises, one by one. In addition, you could get a ‘screenshot’ of Stef performing each one.
        Just a thought.
        BTW-I did these today & loved them.
        Good luck,
        Linda

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