Please help me I’m faaaaaalling…

Keeping the main thing the main thing:  balance is a learned skill.  If you don’t practice it, you won’t have it.  You’re not going to lose it all just because you’re getting old.  You’re going to (seemingly) lose it if you never had much of it, and you’re going to be lousy at it if you never practice.  Stability is a good thing… 

Ummm, this would be the excess I want you to avoid. Please don't do this in public.

So put on your funky little black slippers and head out to the high-wire gym.  Or channel your inner Nadia (or Mary Lou or Shannon or whoever) and get up on that balance beam.  Or simply start standing on one foot.  Anywhere.  Try the grocery store while you’re waiting in line (you have that cart to hold you up should you start to fall).  Getting good at it?  Stand on one leg while working in your kitchen…multitask, that’s a little tougher. 

4/40     I will work on my balance every day. 

This one won’t be particularly tough to add to my schedule for me.  I can stand on one leg while brushing my teeth, morning and evening.  (Now, maintaining balance while I bend, spit, and rinse isn’t always pretty.  I’m just sayin’).  I can also add it to just about every weight workout I do (makes me feel slightly superior in the gym, for some strange reason).  Yoga?  You’re doing it.  And it feels real good to do it in the pool.  If I’m feeling that not-so-great-nerve running through that glute I get all my balance moves done after I swim (they are the easiest in deeper water, of course).

Did you really think this was going to be an ode to Hank Locklin? 

Breakfast, missed yesterday.  Exercise.  Breathing.  Getting it done.

About Lisa Jamison

I'm a trainer, coach, massage therapist, educator, yogi, and all around great gal, not necessarily in that order. I thrive on watching people move. Professionally I can help you do that with more grace, ease, and efficiency...which translates to "faster" and "without injuries". It's about eliminating the stresses on your body and teaching you a new way. Physically. Cognitively. Emotionally. Body, mind, and spirit.
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