Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog, I’m pretty excited and nervous so bare with me. I am the newest Trainer and addition to the Soaring Eagle Fitness family. It is seriously a dream to be able to do what I love as a profession! I was so happy when Cesar approached me about training for Soaring Eagle, I admire his work and how Soaring Eagle cares for their clients. For me being around a person who positively affects your life and makes you want to chase your dreams is the ideal workplace. Since joining Soaring Eagle I have become close with Cesar and his awesome family, I am glad they are taking me on this journey with them. I hope you are all having a great week and are as excited about it warming up outside as I am. It’s swimsuit season and we all (whether we admit it or not) want a toned tummy, legs, and butt (yes I said it) so here is more information on an awesome training method you can incorporate in your workouts to achieve your ideal body!
As stated earlier, be gentle, this is the first of MANY blog’s that will answer questions that you have about fitness. Hope you enjoy it!
This week I will be addressing a few reasons why it is vital to incorporate balance training into your workout. You will you find how effective this training method is to achieve better balance, strength and a stronger over-all musculature. In order to explain the importance of this training method I must first explain that balance is the foundation for all movement. Rarely will you recruit/use one muscle at a time. You see, the way our body performs tasks is by recruiting a number of muscles to aid each other in helping keep the body steady while standing, and assisting with movement. When performing a balance training exercise you will engage many muscles at once causing the incorporation of stability and balance into your training regimen. Why is this good for us? Well for those of you trying to burn calories (which most of us are), the recruitment of motor units and extra muscles causes the body to burn MORE calories per movement when done on a proprioceptive environment. An example of a balance movement would be performing a single leg balance on a stability ball.
How To Perform this movement: You will need a BOSU ball or stability ball to perform this exercise. Standing up-right in anatomical position, you will place one foot on the stability ball and one leg bent beside it. By standing on the BOSU ball with a single leg your body automatically engages your core and several other muscles at once in order to stay balanced and remain in the up-right position. Continue to hold this position for 30-60 second, and that is the single leg balance on the stability ball!
To perform a balance activity like the single leg balance on the stability ball you must put your body in a proprioceptive environment. What I mean by this is to be out in a dynamic, ever-changing surface to engage your balance skills and reap maximum strength and calorie-burning benefits. So if you are asking yourself if a balance exercise is going to burn because you are holding a position, the answer is YES. I promise it is a good feeling burn that will make you crave more. Balance training workouts will enhance your fitness routine by adding a cross-training element; this will engage your core, making it strong and helping to tone up problem areas. In addition to benefits on the outside of the body, balance also has many benefits for the internal musculature. As we get older our senses and muscle mass begins to deteriorate and we begin to lose not only mass but strength in our senses. Within the body, our senses work with our brain to help us balance. Without keen senses we may develop balance problems. The good news is just like everything else in fitness you can train balance. With these exercises in proprioceptive environments we can develop and keep our senses strong throughout the years.
Another benefit of these exercises is it improves your overall quality of movement, and helps to tone up every muscle in your body. The incorporation of these exercises in your workouts is vital to creating the best version of yourself. You will have more mindful training skills and your mind and muscles will be more in sync. Making all of our muscles work together simultaneously to stabilize the body will create a better you, doesn’t that sound appealing?
Another benefit of balance training is stabilization. Stabilization will improve posture, good posture requires strength. By strengthening the stabilization muscles of the torso with balance training, you will build a better and stronger foundation for your spinal bones. The stronger foundation will provide plenty of strength to hold your shoulders high and keep all your joints in place, thus resulting in less injuries and a healthier body.
Following the benefit of better posture, you will also enhance neuromuscular function, tune-up your senses and have better confidence by training your stabilizer muscles. Your skeletal muscles will not contract unless they receive a signal from your nervous system. To keep your neuromuscular system functioning at optimal level, balance training is your gig. Performing a stabilization exercise in each workout is going to train your nervous system and enhance it; just as any other training method being repeated multiple times would enhance whatever muscle is being targeted. By working on balance and strength moves simultaneously you will sharpen your senses, leading to an increase in movement efficiency. lets admit it, we would all like to “move a little quicker” on Monday morning’s…
I hope this answers any questions on how balance training may benefit your next workout and quality of life! Have a great week and thank you for reading. More blog’s coming your way soon.
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