Balance Training Is So Important, Even KABC News Picked Up On It!

Have you added some balance training moves to your routine yet? Here's why you need to start balance training now   If you read 2 posts back, or saw my Huffington Post blog on Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training Now, you noticed some great tools you can use to get going on your balance workouts.  Also, why it's just gotta be done if you want to reduce your risk of falls - whether you're old or young- and even prevent injuries whether you're an athlete or not.         KABC7 saw my article on Huffington Post and asked to interview me for a story about balance training and, shoot my awesome Cross Training Revolution Class at Equinox Beverly Hills to watch some of our moves in action. I always incorporate some balance work in this class.  After all we are Cross Training so good balance and agility are part of my protocol.  Here's the news piece.  Stand on one leg while you watch it!     <==== After class I shot some exercises for balance using Jim as my model. Have I convince you to start training your balance yet?  There's a LOT of reasons why you should.  Click the link video link for the news piece and read my blog about it, then get ON IT!  Remember to keep progressively challenging yourself.  Find some new moves to add, or hold a pose little longer.  You don't want to just master one or two balance moves and then find yourself unable to do a Half Moon pose in yoga when the instructor springs it on...

SMR: Pain Relief Tools if You’re Tight, Sore or Getting Injured

If you're feeling tight, sore or getting repeatedly injured, you can find relief outside of the doctor or physical therapists office with the proper pain relief tool kit.  You may even prevent injuries that may be brewing below the surface but haven't shown up yet.     Injuries can come from having muscular imbalances... like one side being stronger or more flexible than the other   It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete pushing your limits or a desk jockey. Give it some time and a musculoskeletal injury will occur sooner or later. It can come from developing a faulty movement pattern when you walk, run, do housework or exercise, or just sit at your desk to work. If one part of your body is not performing optimally, it will cause another part of the body to compensate, and over time, this can cause a muscular imbalance.   Imbalances can come from overusing one side of the body more than the other, from poor posture or, from an accident or old injury. Eventually this can lead to injury because one area of the body will be getting stronger or tighter while another gets weaker. If you’re the proactive type, you may go to a Physical Therapist or Chiropractor to get balanced out when you feel something isn’t quite right. But too many of us let the little aches and pains fester until they get so bad we need to go to the doctor – we may even get so used to having them we forget they’re there. Aside from needing medical treatment eventually, there’s another down side to living...
Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training

Why You Seriously Need to Start Balance Training

You know the old adage, “if you don’t use it, you lose it?” You’ll often hear this quip in gyms as trainers remind clients to keep up with their cardio and strength training routines. But what we don’t get reminded about enough is to train our balance, arguably the most overlooked component of our fitness.   Balance training is rarely top of mind when it comes to our own workouts.   Walk into a gym you’ll see the majority of people schvitzing on cardio machines, throwing weights around, and doing some stretches in the corner. But unless they’re doing Warrior 3 in a yoga class, you won’t see many people balancing on wobble boards, squishy pads, balance discs, BOSUs or lifting weights while standing on one leg. This is unfortunate because like strength, endurance and flexibility, you will also lose your ability to balance if you don’t use it.  Optimizing balance can give advanced exercisers an extra boost in performance. According the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), balance is key to many day-to-day activities, preventing falls and staying independent as you age. Research also shows that balance training can help minimize injuries to the back, knee and ankle.   The National Institute of Health (NIH) says that nine percent of people over 65 report having difficulty balancing. Combine that with a decline in lower body strength, and we get an alarming 300,000 hospital admissions for fall-related injuries among older adults each year.   In fact, research shows that altered balance is the number one reason elderly people fall.  There is a high correlation between balance deficit and the incidence of falls....