Balance on One Leg - I
This is one very good and simple exercise for athletes.
- Stand with a little less than shoulder-width distance between your feet.
- Fix your left leg well onto the ground.
- Now, slowly lift up the right leg, with your knee at par with your waist.
- As you do that, focus on your position so that you do not lose balance.
- Straighten the right leg out in front of you such, that your foot and knee are aligned. In all probabilities, you will not be able to hold the leg at your waist height for too long. However, with practice you will be able to manage it.
- Switch and repeat with the other leg.
This exercise is similar to the previous one.
- Stand in a lunge, with your left leg behind.
- Focus your attention on a point in front of you.
- Keep your hands in front of you at shoulder level, as though you are trying to catch something.
- Fix your right leg well in the ground.
- Slowly start lifting your left leg off the ground. In the initial phases, you will not be able to lift the left leg very high.
- Hold this position for a few seconds.
- Slowly release yourself, and come back to the starting position.
- Repeat the same with the other leg.
- For this exercise, you will need to keep an object at some distance, in front of you.
- Now, balance yourself well on the right leg, and raise the left foot off the ground.
- Slowly, start bending the right knee.
- As you bend your knee, lower the torso as well.
- Try reaching the object in front of you with your left hand. When you do this, make sure the knee you are bending does not cross your foot.
- Now, extend the left foot a little.
- Hold this position for 5 seconds, and come back to the starting position.
- Repeat this 10 times with each leg.
- Lie with your chest on the stability ball.
- Your hands should be placed on either side of the chest. Your toes should be on the floor, but your legs should be straight, and not bent at the knee.
- Slowly start pushing your body up so that your arms are straight. Do not lock your elbows.
- Hold this position for a couple of seconds.
- Come back to the starting position, and repeat the exercise 10 times.
- Sit on the stability ball, and make sure it does not move.
- If you find this easy, try to sit on the ball and march.
- Once this becomes easy, sit upright, and try to maintain balance while lifting both the legs off the ground.