Wellness Pathway #153: Practice Balancing

Last week’s Wellness Pathway, Lift Weights, mentioned the four components of a total exercise program: aerobic exercise, strength training, stretching, and balance coordination. Balance coordination is often the most neglected of the four. People take balance for granted until it becomes a problem, which often happens as part of the aging process. The inner ear loses elasticity, nerves lose sensitivity, muscles lose tone, and reflexes slow. Eventually we find ourselves falling more often and hurting ourselves. In the vernacular, we become klutzes.

Fortunately, as with all areas of health, steady deterioration is not inevitable. Through balance coordination exercises, we can adjust for these changes and keep ourselves well. Tai Chi and ballroom dancing are two practices that develop balance. Standing on one leg, rocking from one leg to the other, spinning in circles, walking on a low beam, doing crunches on an exercise ball, and jumping on a low trampoline are other examples of balance coordination exercises. Some of these make great computer-break exercises. The more practice your body has at maintaining its balance, when you are mindfully paying attention and ready, the better you will do at maintaining your balance in the course of everyday life.

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Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
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