By Priscilla Regli, Pilates coach
Working on your balance sharpens your reflexes and can help prevent falls, sprains, and other injuries. These two exercises will have you steady and confident in no time.
1 Standing with your hands on your hips, place your right foot against your left leg at the ankle. Hold this position for as long as you can.
2 Repeat the exercise, this time placing your left foot against your right leg. Hold the position for as long as you can.
3 To increase the difficulty, do the exercise with one eye covered. Hold the position for as long as you can.
1 Standing with your hands on your hips, cross your left leg behind you, your toes touching the floor.
2 Lift your leg and hold the position for 10 seconds.
3 Do the exercise again, this time crossing your right leg behind you.
4 Repeat the whole exercise six times.
It’s important to keep your back straight and look straight ahead during both of these exercises. Do them three times a week.