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Balanced to the Core: 5 Workouts to Improve Balance & Strength

Posted By The FIRM Master Instructor Team On November 20, 2009 @ 12:42 pm In Fitness | 1 Comment

By The FIRM [1] Master Instructor Kirsten Palmer

Modern life is a balancing act — work and play, family and personal time, spiritual and physical. How important is balance in your body — not just muscle balance but balance during movement?

Improving balance in movement will not only make it easier to stand on one foot while pulling on your favorite body-hugging jeans, it will also strengthen your core [2] and help prevent injuries through falls or sprains.

Balance exercises not only involve balance as we know it — standing on one leg, for example — they can also involve movement away and toward the midline of the body, lengthening the lever against the core muscles — not only the abs, but also the hips and shoulder girdle — which fire to maintain or stabilize your center of gravity.

The exercise routine in the above video have two components — in addition to the specific muscle groups they target:

1. They involve single leg or another form of balanced stances.
2. They recruit core muscles with long lever motions, but also in some cases, through twisting motions.

the-firm-logo [3]The FIRM Master Instructor Team blog is shared courtesy of The FIRM Believers Club [3], an online community that helps you reach your fitness goals. With maximum-efficiency home workouts, support and motivation from The FIRM Master Instructors, daily tips, personalized workout rotation calendars, and access to other members through discussion boards, The FIRM Believers Club provides all the tools you need to get in the shape you want.

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