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    Balance improvement ideas needed

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    The recent post on slacklines as inspired me to find ways to improve my own balance. Right now a slackline is not an option, maybe in the future when I get moved into our new building at work but at my apartment there just is nothing to anchor it to. No close trees (we are in the desert), nothing close enough together and fixed solid enough, to anchor.

    That being said, I'd likely just end up falling on my ass every time I attempted the thing because my balance is pretty sucky now. I would struggle to complete a field sobriety test, stone cold sober.

    Looking for ideas on how, with little to use around here, to start working on my balance. Once we get moved into our new building, I can get a couple of anchor post set to hook a slackline to but right now, it would be a waste of money...besides the fact that no one in Egypt sells them anyway.

    Thanks for any and all ideas.
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    Every time you have to stand in one place is an opportunity to practice standing on one leg. I have one of those hard wobbly disks but it doesn't really do as much for me as just walking on one leg. And walking on curbs.

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    "walking on one leg" jeez. Standing. Standing on one leg.

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    Keep in mind that strength is an important factor in the balance equation. Balance is your center of mass staying in the middle. The more it deviates, the more force is needed to correct it and to keep you stable. Having more strength makes it easier to stay balanced since your body can more easily produce force.

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    I don't slack line (because I would prolly die), but I have vertigo and yoga helps train the balance.
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    +1 for yoga
    Also, you will likely find that one side has better balance than the other. I'm solid on my left, but my right is wobbly.

    My personal favourite (and peeve) is simply to stand on your own 2 feet. Have you ever noticed how many people lean on things and hang on things in everyday motion? Like using a grocery cart like a 'walker'? Or sagging against a wall, desk, counter? I was getting rub marks on my shirts from leaning into my kitchen counters, now I step back a bit and stand firm on my feet. I make a point to do things like not hold onto a wall when I'm slipping into a pair of shoes, etc. and I find awareness like that helps little by little.

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    Standing on one leg is good. Try it when you are prepping food or brushing your teeth too. Kill 2 birds with one stone. I also do it at work when I'm working in the office.
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    check for mercury

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    Quote Originally Posted by lark42 View Post
    +1 for yoga
    Also, you will likely find that one side has better balance than the other. I'm solid on my left, but my right is wobbly.
    Thanks Lark and your right, I'm not solid on my left but I'm steadier on my left than my right. I wonder if that has anything to do with being more right brain thinking than left brain? (Right brain controls left side of the body and vice versa).

    And I think the yoga will help also.

    As to other suggestions (and thanks for all of them), I use a standup desk at work and do the standing on one foot then the other thing as much as possible. Can't tell that it has helped.

    Hopefully I'll be able to do the slackline thing one day, right now it would just be a waste of money for the slackline and the subsequent hospital bills
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    Find a fence a few foot high, walk along it. Challenge your self often. Some parks have round log fences that even have gaps that require a little jump every few meters or so. Best ones are the 2inch round steel rail fences they really challenge balance


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