Many of our younger patients injure themselves weight lifting because they are unbalanced and are just not strong enough.
Many knees, foot, hip, and even lower back injuries occur from a poorly functioning core.
Check out this article featuring 9 different exercises you can do to improve your core, balance, and strength and reduce the likelihood of injury in the future.
9 Balance and Stability Exercises to Improve Your Coordination and Strength
Target the stabilizers of your lower half with this balancing act. Unilateral (or single-side) exercises strengthen your glutes, thighs, calves, and quads. Plus, your core will work overtime, too.
By Mallory Creveling November 05, 2021
Balance training can stabilize us, even out the body, and help prevent falls, which is especially important as we age. But don’t assume these moves are just for “old” people—balance is involved in everything we do. This workout is strength training for your core and legs, and it can be very challenging. “Your core is the foundation of all movements, especially in stabilization work,” says Duana Soeda Stinson (shown in the workout video), a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Pilates instructor based in New York City.
To get your middle involved in this routine, created for Health by Duana (@damnduana), breathe deeply through the ups and downs of each move. And to get your backside to light up, make sure you’re grounding down through the big toe, pinky toe, and heel of the foot, she says. Here are the moves that’ll help you find your footing and stay there—no matter what aims to throw you off balance.