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Fitness Essentials

A guide to balance and coordination

If you ever feel wobbly when you stand, performing movements like a quad stretch (without holding onto a wall) might feel out of reach, but balance and coordination are skills that can be developed. Here's how πŸ‘‡

Getting better balance: β€˜Baby Steps’

Even if it doesn't feel like it at times, you've been honing your balance and coordination skills since you were a baby! Babies begin to develop their sense of balance as soon as they start to crawl. These first movements help develop the connections between the right and left sides of the brain, paving the way for walking and more complex movements later on.

It's important to continue working on these skills, particularly as we age. Having good balance and coordination can help make everyday activities easier, as well as preventing falls and injury.

What does good balance and coordination look like?

At a basic level, good balance and coordination is the ability to control your movements. It means you can maintain your body position effectively, whether it be for walking, climbing stairs or standing on one leg!

How to get better balance

Bodyweight strength training is a great way to work on your balance. Exercises with slow and controlled movements improve your coordination, reinforcing the connection between your nerves and muscles. Alongside traditional strength training, yoga, pilates and tai chi are all great examples of workouts with slow, challenging and precise movements to train your balance.

Not sure where to start? Try the Yogalates or the One At A Time workouts in Seven!

Mix things up

Your body and brain is constantly adapting to new challenges, so simply adding a new exercise to your normal fitness routine can help you train your balance and coordination.

For example, try new variations of your tried and true exercises, like Squats with Side Lift instead of regular Squats in Seven. Variations like these can help you train your stability and balance simultaneously.