Balance is all about solidity. It is not pure energy, nor is it pure stillness. It’s about reacting when something internal or external comes to blow you up and having the tools to maintain your position.
This attitude is relevant to both the literal and metaphorical notion of finding life balance. But today, we’re focusing on physical balance, which is really “a host of different variables that are orchestrated all over the brain,” Lara Heyman, PT, previously told Well+Good. This means balance is your brain’s ability to synthesize information such as environmental and sensory cues that help you locate your body in space (a concept called proprioception), and then translate that to your muscles so you can keep yourself upright.
One way to improve balance is to work on the muscle groups that play a big role in keeping you grounded, including your legs and ankles, calves and glutes. Pilates instructor Brian Spencer of East River Pilates is here to lead you through a 12-minute balance-building routine that focuses on these often-neglected areas. This involves focusing on where you are putting your weight on your feet so that you can call on the smaller muscles in your feet and ankles and recruit the larger muscles that support them.
“If you’re ever like, how can I really help my balance?, a lot of times it’s strengthening all the muscle groups that help you support the weight on the back of the leg and the front of the leg like in a squat. , like your calves,” Spencer said.
The bread and butter moves he makes in this series are squats, calf raises, and single leg poses. It may sound simple, but Spencer combines them in a way specifically intended to challenge both your strength and your balance.
“Balance is all about correction,” says Spencer. “It never actually wobbles. It’s always about being like, how do I correct myself when I get a little off?” Wise words to remember for exercise, and for life. We hope that giving yourself time to do this routine will help you find a little more balance between the two. will help