Breathe It Believe It
Breathe air into the lungs and expel it, nothing can be more natural. However when it comes to balance training its amazing how many people hold their breath and lose balance.
Including balance training and exercises in your workouts will bring many benefits to your body. You will increase stability, proprioception, core strength, agility and muscular symmetry.
Balance training also encourages conducive breathing techniques. When I first started teaching the Surfgym classes I used Indo Boards. Most people on their first attempt would hold their breath when attempting to balance. Subsequently they would not be able to maintain their balance for very long. Some could not balance at all.
I started to teach the participants how to relax and breathe deeply when performing balance exercises. The improvements were instant.
Breathing deeply from the diaphram not only relaxes the body it also regulates the blood flow of vital oxygen to our muscles. This eliminates the shaking or twitching when too much oxygen has been pumped into the muscles we are using to maintain balance. This happens because the body believes it is under stress and it prepares to take flight.
By breathing evenly we focus the mind and body and maintain awareness as we perform physical actions.
Core & Balance
Balance training on the Rooboard is functional and it improves postural strength and stability. It todays world of seated and sedentary jobs this is incredibly important.
Poor posture caused by a lack of core strength is just the start of the body falling into a downward spiral of aliments and aches. Sciatica, injuries and chronic pain can soon follow. At this point many turn to pain killers and expensive physiotherapy to try and rectify a problem that was incredibly simple to avoid.
One the reasons I invented the Rooboard is to bring portable balance and core training out of gyms and into the home and workplace. The small size means it can be used for core, balance, stability, fitness and flexibility exercises. It also increases the tension applied to the body which in turn shortens the workout times.