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.