What are the benefits of balance training?

Good balance is essential to a solid fitness routine. Besides, balance training is by far one of the best ways to tone your hip and thigh muscles. It is also a great functional exercise because as we get older, we tend to lose our balance, which makes us prone to dangerous and debilitating falls. Keeping your balance might be one of the best things you can do to keep yourself moving, healthy and free from injury for many years!

Balance training requires good core control. This means good control over the muscles that surround the ankle, knee, and hip, such as the calves, quads, hip flexors, adductors, and glutes. Balance training allows you to control your body when you move, no matter what environment you are in. For example, the first time you walk on sand, your ankles may roll or your knees may feel wobbly. The new walking environment challenges your balance, creating a need for increased muscle activation and stability of the ankle, knee, and hip to help you avoid a fall. The hip muscles play a major role in helping you control your entire leg. Balance training can increase your hip muscles' ability to contract, thereby enhancing the tone of the muscles. With balance training you get the best of both -- increased stability and great-looking hips and thighs!

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