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Holding your foot two inches off the floor is harder than you think – A simple balance exercise

June 20, 2015

I am always asked “where should I start” by folks who are looking to improve their balance.

I normally tell them to use the side to side shift to get a good feel of “weighted legs” and centering of weight over a supporting leg.

However, today I am giving a simple (in concept) exercise to try.  Read through the instructions then give it a go.

  1. Start with your weight even on both legs, knees slightly bent.
  2. Shift or slide your weight over one leg so the weight goes straight to the floor.
  3. Your upper body should be upright, the knee of the support leg should be soft (slightly bent) with arms hanging relaxed by your sides.
  4. Raise your opposite heel off the floor by bending your knee, not by lifting your hip
  5. Lift the toe of the heel raised foot off the floor just by turning your ankle up.
  6. Your foot should only be a couple of inches off the floor.
  7. Hold this for a count of 10, or as long as you can.
  8. Lower your toe back down, lower your heel and come back to center (even weight)
  9. Repeat with your opposite foot/leg

Let me know how you make out!

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