But #5… Are you kidding?
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But #5… Are you kidding?
Are you having a tough time with balance? Then you need to build core strength, and balance training is the most beneficial element in strengthening your core muscle groups.
Have you noticed it being difficult to stand on one leg? Losing your balance and coordination is something which happens to all of us as we get older. Balance training is nothing new! People for ages have been practicing balance to improve their posture, reduce their back pain and enhance their core strength and coordination.
Apart from this, balance boards too have been revolutionary in achieving core strength and balance. They are often overlooked but can yield several important benefits if used regularly as a part of your fitness routine. There are a wide variety of balance boards available on the market, but nothing as unique and effective as StrongBoard Balance. There are a variety of balance board exercises, which can be found in our Learning Center. These exercises can help you in acquiring flat stomach, such as-
Push-ups – This can be easily done either with a close grip or wide grip to work different parts of your chest. Just place your hands at an even distance from the middle of the balance board and try to complete a standard pushup without letting either side of the board touch the base.
Plank – Like the pushups above, one can perform a standard plank using a StrongBoard Balance to dramatically increase the level of difficulty. Place hands on both sides of the platform, just as you do with a push up position. Pull your belly button into your spine, keeping your head in line with your spine and breath, while holding this position.
Squats – Standing straight and keeping your knees shoulder width apart, slowly squat down. Try to bend at the knees and keep your chest up. Slowly, bring yourself back to standing position. This exercise will engage your quads hamstrings, and buttocks, while simultaneously working your more intricate core musculature, just to remain balanced.
For abdominal strength – This board was designed to improve core strength. All areas of the abdominal muscles will benefit you in everything that you do. Our abdominals are not only for aesthetics but play an important role in helping protect the spine and keeping us upright.
Lastly, you cannot buy the perfect posture or flat stomach, but you can surely train for them. Balance training and core exercises create instability, and this forces you to engage the muscles that promote stability during movement. Core strength and balance work together, and are directly proportionate to each other. An increase in one will increase the other.
Everyone wishes to stay fit and healthy. The most common resolution is getting in shape and staying fit and healthy. However, apart from the resolution, there are a number of other things which are very vital for making this resolution work—a proper fitness program that suits your short and long term goals, following a healthy meal plan, and of course, working on your overall balance for better posture, strong stabilizers, and a core that is strong enough to help and protect the spine. With the right tools and guidance, this CAN all be accomplished in the comfort of your own home.
Here’s a way you can begin creating your dream home gym on any budget-
Dedicate a space in your home for your personal workout space-
First, you should find a place in your home where you can have some space for storage and floor workouts. You can consider using a spare bedroom or large living room area, unless you don’t have an entire room dedicated to your home gym.
Stock up on gear–
You can work on your strength and tone with bodyweight exercises. You can do anywhere, anytime and can be quite essential for increasing your strength and endurance. Balance training and weight training can be easily practiced in the home gym.
Organize your equipment-
Now, once you’ve gotten all of your essential exercise equipment, you will need a way to organize everything or a place to store it between your workouts. You can seek for different creative ways to keep everything you need for your workouts dust free, tidy and even out of sight when not in use.
On a closing note, your workout space happens to be the living room; it’s nice to have options for hiding all of your equipment when guest arrive.
Family fitness activities are a great way to get in shape and spend some quality time with your loved ones. With more and more emphasis on getting in shape, starting a family fitness routine can be little daunting, especially paying the high costs of gym memberships. However, there are a lot of activities families can participate in that provide both enjoyment and exercise, and require little or no cost at all.
As we all know children learn from the examples that parents provide, so making fitness a priority will pave the way for an active and healthy life. If you’ve got a busy family life, keeping fit might feel impossible. But, having children is even more of a reason to keep you active. It is advised that children above the age of 5 should be getting at least an hour of exercise a day, and below 5 years of age need even more than this.
Here are a few things you can do-
Regardless of what you do, it is very crucial to design family fitness routines that are enjoyable. Always remember, having fun together as a family is as important as the physical activity itself.
Physical therapy is beneficial for people of all ages be it young or old. It can help senior citizens in retaining their independence and improving their overall health and mobility. With age, people start losing their strength, flexibility and often their balance, which leads to falls and serious injuries. Falls are one of the major reasons why senior citizens require physical fitness. Bringing a balance tool into the physical therapy helps in improving these functions leading to fewer injuries and falls. StrongBoard MINI does just that.
The main motto of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain, and increase mobility and range of motion for better strength and balance. Physical therapy in senior fitness has a variety of benefits which can include not only gaining strength and balance, but also providing a renewed sense of confidence. It has several other benefits such as-
Improves mobility- As an older individual, if you are facing trouble standing, walking or moving, no matter your age. Exercises on StrongBoard MINI can help rebuild the connections between mind and body to help reduce these problems. Improving your proprioception through balance training is a great way to improve your reactivity thus reduces the possibility of falling. Exercising on StrongBoard MINI will help with flexibility and mobility.
Stroke recovery- It is common to lose some degree of function and movement after a stroke. Including balance into your physical therapy helps in strengthening where atrophy has occurred. A stroke damages the brain and weakens the messages your eyes, ears, and muscles are sending to the neurological system. StrongBoard MINI will help create new neuromuscular pathways and rebuild damage ones. Balance training will also improve proprioception, coordination, and overall balance.
Improve your balance and prevent falls- Once you begin with physical therapy you will get screened for slip fall risks. And, if you’re at a higher risk for falls, physical therapists will provide exercises that safely and carefully challenge your balance. Therapists also help you with exercises to improve mind-body connection and coordination to help with safer walking.
Avoid surgery- Balance training helps you eliminate pain or heal from an injury and in some cases, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is required, you may benefit from pre-surgery physical therapeutic balance training.
On a closing note, using StrongBoard MINI in the physical therapy field can give seniors back their independence. Working with a physical therapist will not only help reduce pain, it will also help improve overall strength. StrongBoard MINI proves to be a versatile tool that improves proprioception, posture and reduces the risk for injuries, helping you maintain a higher quality of life.