What are simple balancing exercises that I can practice from day to day?

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Sadie Lincoln
Sadie Lincoln on behalf of barre3
Fitness
Balance can change from day to day and even worsen without regular practice.  At barre3 we use a ballet barre as support while we work to improve our balance.  You do not need a ballet barre, though, to get the same benefits we do in our studios. Simple exercises such as standing on one leg or up on your toes can be done anywhere.  Try using a countertop or back of a chair for extra support. Work to strengthen the muscles of the legs, glutes and abdominals as well.  The next time you are standing in line waiting, brushing your teeth or washing the dishes, practice your single-leg stance. Notice how these little tricks can make a big difference!
Mirabai Holland
Physiology

Stand with your heels touching, feet turned out. Slowly pick up one leg and place the sole of your foot against your opposite calf or knee. Holding on to a wall, slowly bring your other arm out and over your head. When you feel ready, let go and bring the other arm up. Hold for about 10 seconds (or as long as you can).

When it gets too easy, try doing it with your eyes closed. 


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The compass is easy to practice anywhere anytime: in line at the grocery store or while you are on the phone.  
Stand with your feet together and your hands in prayer position on your chest. Lean slightly forward and then backwards. Do this 5 times back and forth. The entire time try not to bend at your waist but keep a straight line from your heels to the top of your head. Then lean left and right 5 times. Keep your face relaxed and your shoulders tension free.

Watch the video for a brief explanation demonstration.

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