Just Call It A Healthy Way To Keep Your Balance

24 Jan

by Phillip Tomlinson

Yo, dog!

It was a balancing act worthy of — well — a circus.

On a wire, no less.  Well, a chain to be exact.

You could call it dog on a wire. 

Yes, a dog doing — ehem — an everyday thing, standing on a chain, suspended in mid-air, in response to its owner’s command.

Then as if to further prove a point, it raised one front paw, then the next and — voila — it was now balancing only on its hind legs. 

Yo, dog!

Just an everyday kinda thing captured on the street by a cell phone user.

Are you ready for your big moment?

Considering your big moment could be anytime, I suspect you’d want those everyday kinda activities to really become second nature.  So, to help make it all just another day at the office, I invite you to try out the balancing act in the Bodinsync Prescription below.

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BODINSYNC PRESCRIPTION

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  1. Stand in a staggered stance with a dumbbell just outside the foot positioned in front.  See diagram 1.  Begin with a relatively light dumbbell, switching to a different load, if need be, after you have completed a trial repetition.

  • Stoop down, as in diagram 2, to grasp the weight — palm facing in.

    diagram 2

  • Maintaining the staggered stance, begin slowly standing up as in diagram 3.

    diagram 3

    Just past the midway point, pick up your back leg — bending it so that you are able to hold your foot with the corresponding hand as in diagram 4.

    diagram 4

  • Stand straight up to support yourself with one leg as in diagram 5.  CAUTION:  Be sure to steady your balance before proceeding.

    diagram 5

  • With your palm still facing in and your arm straight — slowly raise the dumbbell to shoulder level as in diagram 6.  Hold for a second.

    diagram 6

  • Lower the weight, returning it back to your side.  See diagram 5.
  • Bend your supporting leg to begin lowering yourself back to the stooping position, releasing your bent leg at just about the midway position.
  • Lower yourself back into a stoop with both legs now making contact with the ground.  See diagram 2.
  • Place the weight on the ground and stand back up to to re-assume the staggered-stance starting position (diagram 1).  THAT’S ONE REPETITION.  Do 10.  Place the weight on the opposite side and do another 10 repetitions.
  • TIP:

    • For a greater degree of difficulty, use a heavier weight and try picking up and releasing your back leg closer to the ground.
    • For a more intense quad and hip flexor stretch while you are standing (diagram 7), try lining up the knee that’s bent with the knee of your supporting leg.

    NOTE:

    The above is an excerpt from a full-body, multi-joint routine.  If you are interested in trying out some fun and functional ways to improve your physical fitness, you’re welcome to send your E-mail to kerolinson@gmail.com to arrange for a class at the low introductory price of $20

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