Best Balance Drills

By Patrick Foley

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Most people have to work hard to achieve good balance. Without proper balance, a number of activities can be quite difficult. Many workouts and exercises help with balance and coordination. Focus on doing some specific balance drills regularly, and you can achieve greater balance.

Floor Touch

While standing, leave one leg on the ground and balance. Then lift the other leg up, bend over and touch the floor in front of you. Keep only one foot on the floor through the entire set if you can. Focus on keeping your weight in line to avoid falling. Switch legs and repeat. Do 2 sets of 20 repetitions for each leg.

Balance Throws

While balancing on one leg, throw a basketball or other large ball to a partner or against a wall. Catch the ball when it comes back.

Single Leg Hop

Keep one leg off the ground---either extended or tucked up---and jump on the other foot. There is no need to jump as high as you can, but try to jump at least 6 inches off the ground. Switch legs and repeat. Do 3 sets of 20 reps. This simple exercise helps to increase balance while also giving you a stronger core and leg muscles. Do this single leg hop 2 to 3 times a week for maximum benefits.

About the Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.