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BALANCE – WORK IT IN THE GYM OR LOSE IT IN LIFE

Written by RACHEL LIVINGSTONE
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Balance is defined as ‘an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady’. It can also be said that if you don’t use it, you lose it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t regain it with a progressive training program, like Sylvia did.

Balance is something you take for granted until one day you try to do something you haven’t done in a while and you realise it’s harder to balance than it was 1, 5 or 10 years ago. Balance is something you learn as a child as you learn to walk, play hopscotch and run along the top of walls. The active part of childhood cultivates great balance and gives you lots of practice. With the onset of ‘technological childhoods’ this may now be on the demise – but that’s another story.

In adult life you rarely do things that further cultivate or indeed maintain this ability, unless you opt for a balance related sport, or dance on tables in high heels on a regular basis. Balance is a skill you can and should, work into your exercise program, early and always. But if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start.

On day one of starting training with Sylvia I asked her what her priorities and health and fitness concerns were. Other than controlling inslulin resistance and preventing it from developing into diabetes, her answer was to improve her balance. When I ask her today what is the improvement she notices – and values, the most, from her gym training, its balance. Why? Balance is confidently walking up and down stairs and over uneven surfaces, it is lifting each foot to put on items of clothes. Better balance makes daily life easier.

The exercise you see Sylvia doing in the video below – we call ‘step stars’, is step 8 for this exercise and part of a progressive strength and balance program. Initially, the exercise was done standing on the floor and without weights. We have slowly added first a low step, stopped holding the wall, added small dumbbells, increased the height of the step and added heavier dumbbells.

There is a sense of achievement witnessing this progress within the gym setting. But more rewarding, both for Sylvia – and for myself watching, is how these improvements in fitness, strength and balance, have made a difference to how Sylvia moves in daily life. With more confidence in her body. More surety in her movements. More balance

To learn more call Rachel on 0402 903 732 and book in for a session today.

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