Better Balance

So many beautiful places to practice balance!

We have been focusing on better balance this month at Personal Euphoria.  Balance is affected by our nervous system, our strength and flexibility, and our vision.  It’s easy to get frustrated when you feel like you can’t balance, but try to think of it more as a game.  Be a little playful as you experiment with balance.  Shoes on generally makes all balance exploration easier.  Shoes off will add more challenge to the foot and lower leg. 

Here are some ways to explore balance:

1)      Try balancing on one leg.  Which leg feels easier to balance on?  Can you balance for 60 seconds on each leg?

2)      Working the outer thighs is helpful for increasing balance, so try some of these exercises:

3)      This is a slightly longer balance series that works the whole leg—outer thigh and lower leg especially:


5)      Try standing, but roll up on the balls of your feet.  See what it feels like to balance on different surfaces like a carpet, wood floor or tile.  What feels easier for you?

We’d love to hear how your balance practice is going?  Do you do handstands or practice yoga?  Do you have a favorite exercise that challenges your balance?

Can’t wait to read more?

Maggie has been trying to do a handstand…check out how it is going here.

Must you work both sides of the body evenly?  Hmmm.  Find out.

Want to know how your butt helps you balance?  Read more here.

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About the Author:

Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

One Comment

  1. Deborah Bax January 9, 2019 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    To be honest, I do not “play” with balance. I realize that in this blog you are discussing physical balance. Several years ago I was diagnosed with vertigo (a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve; giddiness.) One doctor told me not to move until I could see an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician. It was a very long 5 weeks. When I finally did see the ENT, his suggestion was move, Move, MOVE – on grass, on uneven surfaces, on floors, carpets…..keep moving in order to retrain the brain to find a new balance for me. How refreshing and what a relief. It did take some time, but it worked and still does. Keep Moving? who would have thought? YOU!

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