We’ve all heard that balance is important for seniors to prevent falls, but it is equally important for people of all ages. Did you know that people who can’t stand on one leg for over 20 seconds are at increased risk for dementia, according to research in the journal Stroke? Or that balance training at any age can improve your memory and spatial cognition?
I love adding balance moves into my workout. Most of the time
I’m in Warrior mode and like to focus on martial arts, which requires a lot of
balance training. However, I also love strength training, and I find that challenging
my center of gravity during my workout forces me to focus mentally and enhances
the concept of a mind-body workout.
How’s your balance? Take this quick test then try the
following three exercises to improve your balance…and boost your brain.
(Safety tip: Stand near
a wall so you can reach out in case you need support.)
If you can’t
balance for 20 seconds, it’s important to incorporate balance training into
Plank with Arm
and Leg Raises
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