How Is Your Balance? And Why Should You Care?
Over the course of the next few weeks, Gyrotonic® Movement Instructor Ruth Wade will be Guest Blogging about Balance. You can find more posts by Ruth at her Breathe Body Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BreatheBody/.
Every day I balance on one foot for 2 minutes while I dutifully brush my teeth with the electric toothbrush.
I got pretty good at the one leg stand too…and then I decided to up my game and try standing on one leg with my eyes closed. Whoa… that did not go very well. But I kept at it. Some days I could balance with eyes closed for a full 15 seconds. Other days it was a very wobbly 5 seconds. It was all so frustrating. If you haven’t done it, try it. You’ll know what I mean, especially, as it turns out, if you are in your glorious middle years like me. .
There is even an Actual Balance-Based Age.
On the one hand, I thought this was pretty depressing. On the other hand, I perked up a bit…the expectation was not for me to be able to stand on one leg with my eyes closed for very long since I haven’t been in my 20s for quite a while.
So then I started wondering…why do they say (whoever THEY is) that balancing on one leg and balancing with your eyes closed is so important anyway? I ride a bike and take spinning classes, I practice and teach Gyrotonic, I walk my 10,000 steps most days. Isn’t that enough?
As it turns out, that probably isn’t enough. But here’s the cool part. If I can improve my balance, and I can improve my balance, I will improve all of my other activities plus prevent injuries and falls. Sweet!
Next week: How Balance Works