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Like the Yin-Yang, Eastern Martial Arts and Western medicine are two halves of a whole. My mission is to preserve the ancient mind-body tools, and pass them on to you.

 

Mind-Body Workout #3: Stability and Independence

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Today's blog is a workout routine that will improve your stability and balance, which is especially important for the elderly. If you can stand up on your own, walk around on your own, etc., not only do you feel more in control, but it will also motivate you to keep moving and stay healthy.

This routine isn't just for the elderly, however. Athletes need stability more than anyone, because their dynamic body movements can become very dangerous if their muscles are imbalanced, or their sense of balance is weak.

So, with that in mind, here is the workout routine for Stability and Independence


Mind-Body Workout #3: Stability and Independence

Do the first three exercises three days a week. Depending on your level of balance, you may not be able to do the most difficult exercises I show in the last video. Instead, do the exercise that challenges you, but is not dangerous.

Tai Chi Walk: 2-3 minutes around an area with a low wall or couch that you can stabilize yourself with. You can also do a certain number of steps, instead of timing yourself. Just make sure you go as slow as possible. This isn't a speed workout, it is a balance exercise.

Push the Tablets: 10-20 repetitions on each side. Move through your core, which will strengthen your obliques and build your core strength. Your core is incredibly important for balance. As a bonus, it also stretches your chest and shoulders and back. What a great exercise!

Stretch your Neck: Hold this stretch for 30 seconds to 1 minute on both sides of your neck. This exercise will help your head feel balanced, which goes a long way toward helping your actual balance.

Choose one Stability Exercise from this Video: Either the legs from Cloud Hands, Hold the Knee with a wall, Hold the Knee freestanding, or the advanced stability exercise at the end. Do what is challenging, but also safe!

And that's it! Good luck with increasing your stability!