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Healthy Fitness Challenge - Article 13

Posted: April 17, 2014 - 12:46pm

If you’ve noticed a change in your balance and coordination, don't be surprised. It happens to all of us as we get older. Being mobile and avoiding injury is critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle well into our golden years.

This week’s tip: Challenge your balance so you can improve your balance

Having a hard time with balance? You need to strengthen your "core" muscles. Without strong trunk muscles, you're more likely to suffer from chronic back pain, lose your balance and fall, or be more prone to injury when doing other workout routines.

A strong core can improve your balance. Balance, or core training, is very popular right now but is not a new concept.  There are several ways to address balance and stability training including balance boards, stability balls, Bosu (which stands for "both sides up") balls, as well as yoga, and other forms of mind-body training and martial arts, such as Pilates and tai chi.

 

Exercise of the Week: LEG CURLS

Lay on your stomach with both legs in the leg curl machine. Start with legs in extended position. Slowly bring your knees to 90 degree position. Slowly return to extended leg position. Put on enough weight to be a challenge but not so much that you can’t get full range of motion. Start with 10 reps. You can also do one leg at a time. See the demo at facebook.com/TheAlaskaClub

 

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