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The side to side shift.. working on balance, strength and awareness

December 26, 2013

The following exercise is one of the simplest yet most effective movements to start building your leg strength and getting used to the idea of improving trust in your ability to balance on one leg.

Working the Side to Side weight shift

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  • From center stance, shift your weight to your right leg with just enough weight on your left leg to keep balanced, keeping your upper body vertical.
  • Shift your weight slowly back to center and then to your left leg with little weight on your right.
  • It is important to keep your body upright, shoulders relaxed and square to the front.
  • Shift back and forth 10 to 20 times.

Notes: This is as if sliding your rear end along a handrail. As you shift from one side to another, feel the muscles tighten and relax as the weight changes from one side, to center, and then the opposite side.

This exercise works on building muscle strength and balance and is part of many of the exercises in the program.  You can practice this while standing in lines, talking to friends or just about anywhere.

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