Our body is constantly adjusting and calibrating our natural balance without us realising, using a feedback loop where the inner ear, eyes, muscles, joints, and brain all communicate.
But is your body coasting? Could your balance be further optimised?
The answer is, almost always, yes – and the benefits that come with improved balance are worth the effort.
What Is Balance?
In biomechanical terms, balance is the ability to maintain a straight line of gravity for your body. This means your weight is evenly distributed within your base of support (ie. feet, crutches, chair, or other points of contact to the supporting surface) and allows you to stay steady and upright, with minimal postural sway (the horizontal movement of your centre of gravity).
The 2 Types Of Balance
Balance falls into two categories: static, and dynamic. To improve your body’s ability in each area, you can practice different poses and movements respectively.
Why Is Balance Important?
Studies have even shown that you can rewire your brain in a totally different way by challenging your coordination, agility, and balance, compared to if you practice aerobic or strength exercises*. So, balance has the potential to improve not just physical but also cognitive function.
Should I Train My Balance?
Whilst the specific benefits vary from person to person, there are undeniable benefits to improving your sense of balance, no matter your individual condition. Everybody stands to gain something from balance-focused fitness training.
What Factors Affect A Person’s Balance?
What Are Some Benefits Of Better Balance?
What Is The Best Way To Improve Balance?
Traditional balance training can, unfortunately, be quite tedious or boring. Luckily, our team at NivaMD changed that when they created Bobo Home: the ultimate tool in balance-focused fitness training, to improve both static and dynamic skills.
Bobo is revolutionising the field of physiotherapy, and turning at-home exercise into a fun gaming experience that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.
Learn more about Bobo Home here.
*’Cardiovascular and Coordination Training Differentially Improve Cognitive Performance and Neural Processing in Older Adults’ by Claudia Voelcker-Rehage, Ben Godde, and Ursula M Staudinger (2011) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3062100/