Balance and Coordination – How To Improve On It

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Having balance and coordination is not just for dancers. Balance and coordination is something everyone should try and improve on especially as you get older.

Having the right amount of balance and coordination will result in fewer falls and more agility well into your old age.

Thus we will all benefit from a few balance and coordination exercises. Here are some pointers on how to improve balance and coordination.

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Balance And Coordination Exercises

It is amazing how even a slight shift in your weight can affect your balance. Even walking, which is a seemingly simple act of placing one foot in front of the other, is actually a very complex action. Your centre of gravity continuously changes with each step that you take, and you are continuously changing weight from one foot to the other.

Balance and coordination skills are necessary for everyday life. Good balance skills require control of many muscles to carry out various activities, that we often take for granted, without falling over. Coordination skills include eye-hand coordination, bilateral coordination and smooth, controlled movements of the body.

Here are a few balance and coordination exercises you can try for yourself.

The Dancer

A great exercise to do that will help you to stretch your hips, legs, back and shoulders is called the dancer. This exercise also helps you to improve your balance and coordination. If you battle with balancing, stand near a chair or table to help you to maintain your balance.balance and coordination

To do the dancer, stand with your feet parallel and relax your arms by your side. Stand up tall and lengthen your neck and keep your shoulders relaxed.

Next, shift your weight onto your left foot and bend your right knee slightly. Grasp your right foot with your right arm behind your buttocks. Exhale and focus on a spot on the floor for balance.

Inhale and reach your left hand towards the ceiling. Exhale and lift your right leg behind you as high as you can. Tilt your torso forward from your hips and try to keep the back straight. Keep both hips parallel to the floor and hold this position for a few deep breaths.

Inhale and come upright again and then exhale as you release your arms and lower your leg to the floor. Repeat this on the left side.

Another good exercise for balance and coordination is this one.


Stand feet parallel with your arms relaxed at your side.

Raise both arms forward to chest height and at the same time lift your right knee.

Get your right thigh parallel to the ceiling if you can. Slowly and smoothly open your arms to the sides as you open your right leg to the side, keeping the knee bent at 90 degrees. Make sure you keep your left leg and back long and strongly held.

Next bring your arms and knee in front of you again and lower your leg to starting position. If you get your balance spot on, try adding a small arch of the upper back when your leg and arms are in front of you.

Balancing On One Leg

This one is a simple but effective exercise for balance and coordination.

Lift one knee up until your hip is bent at a 90-degree angle. Hold it there for as long as possible and time yourself to see how long you can keep your balance.

Don’t let your legs touch each other. If you have to, hold onto a chair or the wall while you lift your leg and then slowly let go to see if you can balance.

Once you get good at this one, try standing on a pillow to challenge your core muscles further.

Balancing on Hands and Knees

Go down like you are going to start crawling.

Now take one arm out in front of you.

Slowly lift the opposite leg behind you.

Make sure you keep your tummy muscles well held to help you balance and don’t let your spine arch.

Balance for as long as you can, and then repeat on the other side.

Walking The Line

Heel-To-Toe Exercises

Tape a line on the floor, or take any line like ones found in the joins in tiles or wood.

Walk heel-to-toe along a line marked on the ground. You can also walk the line backwards.

If you have a friend there, keep your feet one in front of the other and let your friend throw a ball to you to catch. Alternatively, throw the ball onto the wall and catch again. You can bend your knees, but don’t move your feet.

Challenge yourself further and do squats with your feet one in front of the other.

Purchase An Exercise Ball

balance and coordination exercisesAn exercise ball like the one on the left that you can purchase online simply by clicking on it is an excellent investment for anyone.

These exercise balls have so many uses.

You can sit on one while you work, as they are great to train core stability and balance.

You can also try this exercise:

Sit on an exercise ball on an exercise mat and put your arms out to the side for balance. Gently lift one foot off the ground while keeping your balance. Lower and repeat with the other foot.

Bouncing on a ball with your feet on the ground is another great way to work on your balance.

You can also use these balls to exercise on. They are great for crunches and glut exercises, and most of them come with instructions. You can also check out this video on how to get a great balance and coordination workout using an exercise ball.

You can also hang over the ball forwards to stretch out that sore back or backwards to loosen tense back muscles.

To read more about exercising into your old age, click here

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  1. These are some really good ways to stay limber.   Even basic ones can help us with flexibility and overall health.  I read that standing squats…not weights or at a rack are one of the best exercise you can do.  They say that if you can do a squat as you get older on your own….. you vastly increase the odds of living on your own into your senior years.  I guess it’s good gauge on general mobility.

    I do like the ball we have at work that we all share…it really does help you work your core a bit while sitting down.  Not sure I could do that all day…but for a half hour it’s nice.  So is having my Varidesk to be able to stand some.

    • That makes a lot of sense about being able to do squat. Squats do make you stonger, and I don’t see a lot of older people being able to do these.

      A Varidesk is a great idea, especially as we have realized how bad it is for us to sit all day.

  2. It’s so important to make sure your balance and coordination is good for everyday life. I’ve noticec even bending down to pick something off the floor I have wobbled due to poor balance but it’s easily fixed thanks to the exercises you show in this post.

    You’re right that a slight shift in weight can cause a problem as as your stabiliser muscles may not be strong enough to cope with a weight increase.

    The exercise ball is a brilliant piece of kit that brings so many benefits for you to work on core strengthening and balance.

    Thank you for a great insight 

    • Thanks for your comment, Darren. I agree that an exercise ball is a must have for everybody. 

  3. Thank you for this really helpful article.

    I have learned some new tips on balancing.  I have always looked at these balls in the gym and never tried to use one.  But now I am going to give it a go, because now I know what to do with it, lol.  The video is a nice touch because I am a visual person and found it really helpful.

    Whilst I was reading your article I was thinking that I can not remember the last time I actually balanced on one leg.

    Much appreciated, I will be doing a few of these exercises tomorrow.  I will also be sharing this article with friends and family.

    Thank you


    • Thanks for your comment Jennifer, and you will be surprised at just how many people can’t balance on one leg.

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