How can balance be trained?
As with any type of exercise, regular training also improves overall performance. All in all, balance training is a very effective and healthy whole body workout. The training can be carried out by any age group. There are also no restrictions on the fitness level. Even those who have not taken part in sports at all, or only played very little, can get involved in stability training at any time.
The balance can be trained in many different ways, which has the advantage that the training does not get boring so fast, because you can always provide variety. There are exercises that can be carried out with or without training equipment, so that you are not tied to a fixed location, but can also train while travelling.
Simply place your feet apart hip-wise, align your body looking forward, tighten your abdominal muscles slightly and then place a leg with a wide step forward. The front knee is bent to a 90 degree angle. The arms are stretched over the head. Do the exercise alternately with both legs, preferably up to 10 times per side. Depending on the fitness level, the repetitions can of course be adjusted to suit. Other popular exercises in this area are the one-leg stand, the sand scale and squats. Of course, there are many more exercises. Those who are unsure should choose different exercises at the beginning of the balance training to see which one suits them best. It is also important that the training is varied and that new exercises are constantly integrated so that as many muscle groups as possible are reached.
Which devices are used for balance training?
As already mentioned, balance training can be performed with or without equipment. The classic training device to train balance is the Balance-Board. It consists of a wooden disc with a hemisphere underneath, at least the simplest versions. If you now stand on the board, the goal is to balance it out so that you don't fall off. This trains balance. Then there are slacklines, which are a kind of rope that is stretched between two fixing points to balance over them. Also interesting in this context are the foam balance pads, which are intentionally designed to be unstable. All training devices, from the ball to the balance board, have one thing in common: they are designed in such a way that they always exhibit a certain instability, which has to be compensated in the course of training. Which variant you ultimately choose depends on your personal taste and training preferences. Beginners shouldn't expect too much of each other at the beginning and slowly start balance training.