Day 7 – balance

Theme – improving your balance

The ability to balance on one leg decreases with  age, and the rate of decrease is accelerated by a sedentary lifestyle.

Improving balance has multiple physical benefits which support you in daily activities as well as in your preferred sport and exercise:

  • Improves core strength
  • Improves posture
  • Increases physical confidence
  • Improves co-ordination
  • Reduces the risk of injury through falling

Improving balance can also improve mood and cognitive performance – maybe because it works the brain by requiring it to process information from the muscles, joints, eyes, inner ear, and to continually send signals to the body to make micro adjustments to stay upright.

Day 7 practices offer different ways to balance on one leg – a great daily practice.




Balance poses

Time how long you can stand on one leg in one or more of the poses shown with your eyes open and with your eyes closed, note whether timings are different for each side, and then see whether you can improve on these hold times with regular practice.

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Other balance practices

You may also like to try standing with one foot in front of the other (as if on a tightrope) and walking backwards to challenge your balance in different ways.

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Making a habit of it

Try to add a daily balance practice onto routine activities such as:

  • Cleaning your teeth (particularly good if you have an electric toothbrush with a timer)
  • Waiting for the kettle to boil
  • After a daily chore such as making the bed or loading the dishwasher

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