Improving Your Stability and Balance

Man Doing Lunge
Man Doing Lunge

The Importance of Mobility

How often do you focus on your stability and balance? For most of us, it isn’t very often. However, it should be. Regularly focusing on these two things will have a great impact on your fitness and your progress. With better balance, workouts such as Yoga and Pilates will become a lot easier and with strong stability, you’ll be able to perform heavy lifts such as squats and deadlifts better and even push closer towards those all important PBs!

Balance on Exercise Ball

Take Time to Work on Your Balance

Improving your balance shouldn’t just be for those who love Yoga and Pilates, it should be something that we all do as regularly as we can. Working on your balance has a lot of benefits that make your workouts and gym sessions better but also mean that your day-to-day life activities become a lot easier.

By working on your balance regularly, you’ll prevent any falls. This is because you’re a lot stronger on your feet so that you’re less likely to fall and injure yourself if you’re doing something that requires you to balance for a long period of time. Improving your balance also means that you’re reducing the risk of injuries in your knees and ankles because you’re able to take some weight off those areas and balance instead. Finally, don’t forget how much balance will help you progress. If you are a keen Yoga or Pilates person, you’ll be able to start performing much more advanced movements by spending just some time every day or week focusing on your balance.

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Stability will Help You Get Stronger

Stability is again one of those things that are sometimes neglected. However, with all the extra time we have at home, now is the perfect time to work on this a bit more.

By working on your stability regularly, you will improve the amount of control you have over every single movement. Whether you’re working out in the gym or at home, stability is your friend! This will allow you to build strong muscles all over your body, especially your core and legs as you can really concentrate on the movement that you’re performing and how you can control it to allow you to reach your desired results.

Want to sit lower on your squat? Want to increase the size of your biceps? Whatever your muscle and strength gaining goals, working on your stability will allow you to get there quicker. To allow yourself to really smash your 2020 fitness goals, these two types of training – balance and stability – are really important and you should try them as often as you can.

Exercise at Home to Suit You and Your Goals

Do you remember why you joined one of our gyms in the first place? Whether that was to help you lose weight, build up strength and muscle, tone and condition or have a positive impact on your mental health, you can still do that at home whilst our gyms are temporarily closed.

It’s important not to cancel out any of that hard work by continuing to exercise at home whether it’s low or high intensity. We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts and Virtual Classes that you can follow to suit you and your fitness goals. Really make the most of this extra time you have at home whether that’s in the mornings, evenings and weekends and keep working towards your fitness goals.

Balance 2 Workout Guide | Staying Fit at Home

Balance Home Workout
Balance Home Workout

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Balance 2 Workout Guide at Home

We understand the importance of fitness, health and exercise and that’s why we’re encouraging everyone to keep working towards their goals whilst at home. At Xercise4Less Gyms, we’ve put together a number of home workouts that will help each and every single one of you focus on your fitness whilst at home, despite our gyms being closed on Government instruction from the 20th of March 2020. Smash those fitness goals, kickstart your fitness journey and join our fun and inclusive fitness community.

If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

What is a Balance 2 Workout?

Our balance workout guide is made up of low intensity exercises and stretches that will help you to work on your balance and stability. Whilst you can’t get to the gym, why not try something new? Now that you’ve got a bit of extra time on your hands, work on something that you otherwise neglect or don’t prioritise. Following a balance workout guide will help you with your training routine once our gyms re-open because you’ll be better on your feet when performing squats, lunges and deadlifts etc. If your balance is one of your problem areas or if you’re keen to focus on a new area of fitness, give this balance workout guide a try and improve your stability.

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What You Need For a Balance 2 Workout

Nothing. This workout guide is made up with a mixture of bodyweight exercises that you can complete at home. It’s important to create a lot of space in your workout area for you to work on this as you don’t want to knock anything over in your home/garden and injury yourself. Test and improve your physical and mental strength with this balance workout guide.

Exercise 1: Windmill

For your first exercise, stand with your feet shoulder width apart and bend over so that your torso is parallel to the ground with your arms pointing out to the side. Bend to touch your right foot and then twist your body to touch your left. Keep alternating your arms as you go.

Complete this exercise for 35 seconds followed by a 10 second rest.

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Exercise 2: Knee Up to Overhead Lunge

For this next exercise, stand upright and bring your right leg in towards your chest. Wrap both hands around your knee to stretch your leg. Next, lower yourself down into a lunge on your right leg and then thrust your arms into the air. Push on your right heel to stand upright again and then repeat this movement with your left leg.

Complete this exercise for 40 seconds followed by a 15 second rest.

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Exercise 3: Hop and Stand (Right)

Stand upright with your legs together and simply hop forward on your right leg and hold your bodyweight on your right leg; your left leg needs to stay off the floor. Hold this for a couple of seconds and then move back to your starting point.

Complete this exercise for 45 seconds followed by a 25 second rest.

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Exercise 4: Hip Airplanes (Right)

Stand with your together and slowly push your right leg backwards so that your weight is now resting your left leg. Then, twist your hips so that your left hip is pointing outwards and you’re facing out towards your right side. Return your left leg to the ground and repeat.

Complete 2 sets of this exercise. The first set should be 40 seconds followed by a 15 second rest and the second set should be 40 followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 5: Standing Knee Raises

Now stretch by standing up straight your feet together. Slowly lift your right leg towards your stomach and pull it close to your body by wrapping your hands around it. Then stick your arms out by your side to help you with your balance – hold this for a second and then place your foot flat on the floor. Repeat this movement with your left leg.

Complete this exercise for 45 seconds followed by a 20 second rest.

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If you’re not yet an Xercise4Less Gym member, we’re giving everyone free access to our online gym portal, providing dedicated workouts you can do at home or back in the gym once we re-open. To re-assure you, we’ll continue to provide everyone with free access even past the initial 90 days should we need to extend our home fitness option to the UK public while we all battle the Coronavirus pandemic. Stay well, fit and healthy and follow our at home workouts for free.

Exercise 6: Hop and Stand (Left)

Repeat the same exercise as before but now on your left leg. So, stand upright with your legs together and simply hop forward on your left leg and hold your bodyweight here for a couple of seconds. Try not to put your right foot down and you’re trying to improve your balance. The longer you can hold this position, the better. 

Complete 2 sets of this exercise. The first set should be 45 seconds followed by a 20 second rest and the second set should be 40 followed by a 30 second rest.

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Exercise 7: Hip Airplanes (Left)

Repeat the same movement as before but now on your left hand side. Start the first exercise with your feet shoulder width apart. Slowly push your left leg backwards so that your weight is now resting your right leg. Then, twist your hips so that your left hip is pointing outwards and you’re facing out towards your left side. Return your left leg to the ground and repeat.

Complete 2 sets of this exercise. The first set should be 40 seconds followed by a 15 second rest and the second set should be 40 followed by a 30 second rest. Once you’ve completed your final rest, start completing all the exercises again until you’ve completed two rounds.

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Not sure how to perform each exercise? Want someone to coach you through each movement? Watch our Personal Trainer Laura as she guides you through this full Balance 2 Workout.

Balance 2 Workout Guide Summary:

Goal

 

Get Fit

Equipment

 

None required

Fitness Space

 

2m x 2m clear area like a living room, garden or dining room.

Level

 

Beginner

Duration

 

23 minutes

Days per week

 

2

Cycle Duration

 

1 Weeks

Repeat

 

Once a day

Xercise4Less Home Workout Guides

We have split our at home or at the gym workouts into a number of different focuses meaning that you can target different areas of your body throughout the week in a range of different style workouts. We aim to switch up these workouts each week. Whatever your goals and however you usually spend time in the gym, take this time to embrace something new and stay on track towards your current fitness goals.

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Don’t Postpone Your Goals; Get Fit and Strong at Home

Being at home can still have a positive impact on your fitness journey. If you’ve got fitness goals you want to achieve, follow our home workouts and still make encouraging steps towards smashing those goals. All of the exercises that you find in our Balance 2 Workout from home can be performed in the comfort of your home or back in the gym. You can access the workout wherever and whenever you like from your phone, laptop or smart device.

Home Workout Safety Information

Before following the workout, make sure that you have enough space to perform movements freely to prevent any injury. If you need a piece of furniture to perform an exercise, make sure that it can stand your weight and that the movement feels comfortable. If you’re struggling, please switch the exercise for something that feels more natural. There isn’t much different in terms of safety when it comes to home workout vs gym workouts; just practice correct form to stay safe and prevent injury.

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Join our fun and inclusive fitness community

During this difficult time, we’re encouraging people to come together. Focus your love for fitness and the gym into our new series of home workouts that still allow you to work towards your goals and health in the comfort of your own home. Share your workouts with us and show us how you’re using this time to continue on your fitness journey with Xercise4Less Gyms. Once you’ve repeated the exercises at home and built up confidence, make a visit to the gym once we’re back open and use our wide range of quality equipment and facilities to improve your strength further.

All Xercise4Less Gyms provide members with access to a range of top quality kit as part of our great value gym memberships, including:

  • Private and self-contained Female Only gym zones for female members
  • Over 400 pieces of gym equipment for beginners to bodybuilders
  • Dedicated cardio and free weights training areas to build up your fitness
  • Motivated Personal trainers to help you achieve your health ambitions
  • Free weights ranging from 2kg to 75kg to build up your fitness
  • Wide range of resistance machines for toning and building muscle
  • Strength training apparatus like Olympic lifting platforms and squat racks for power lifters
  • Great selection of weight plates and cable machines for weight training
  • Large fitness studio perfect for stretching or creating custom mini cardio or light-weighted circuits with boxes, barbells, mats and plates
  • Purpose-built spinning-area with 30 spin bikes
  • Full-size boxing ring, MMA cage and punch bags in our amazing combat zone