Balance is an important part of a good workout. Developing your core and building muscle strength becomes much easier when you improve your balance. Here are three simple moves that can help you to improve your balance and improve your workout.
Single Leg Dead Lifts
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and life your right foot up behind you, so your shin is parallel to the ground. Slowly hinge forward at the hips, keeping your back straight, and bring your hands toward the ground while looking straight ahead. Feel the stretch in your hamstrings, and then slowly raise back up. Repeat 10 times, then swop legs.
Come into a side plank position,making sure your hips are up and in line with the rest of your body to engage your obliques. When you find balance, raise your arm up towards the sky and keep it in line with the arm on the ground. Also try bringing your leg up too, if you can. Hold 15 – 30 seconds. Swop sides.
Single leg plank
Get into a plank position, making sure to keep your core engaged the entire time, Your shoulders should be stacked over your wrists, and your neck and shoulders should be relaxed. Slowly lift your left leg up off the ground. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Swop sides.
Adapted from Jeff Green on www.mindbodygreen.com
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