Being balanced is like having a fucking superpower. If I want to move, all I have to do is lean slightly in that direction and gravity will do the work. I won’t even feel like I’m moving my legs – it’s that effortless. It’s exactly like being a ghost: you can float to your desired destination. It’s awesome.
Starting to move from a dead stop is the most amazing feature of being balanced. When you begin to move, it’s like your body’s able to lean forward and have the same feeling as standing straight up.
Think about a buoy (the floating device that separates boats from people at the beach). Buoys can be toppled hard by waves, but you’ll never see one upside down. I could be hopping on one foot with a bent leg and I’ll still be able to dribble the ball normally.
Now balance and agility are different. Agility is the ability to CHANGE direction; balance is just being able to stay upright in difficult positions. Being able to quickly switch from leaning forward to leaning backward is being agile. Again, you can be fast but if you’re not agile, you’re like a limo; it’s hard to turn.
Balance can be supportive to a fast person. If you’re running like Usain Bolt but you’re not balanced then all someone has to do is push you while you’re running and you’ll fall! Great for track and field, absolutely awful for soccer. People will push you often.
And lastly, balance your life and you’ll find yourself under much less stress. You can be able to switch between tasks pretty fast. You can even be able to complete those tasks fast. But if a task just happens to turn up some unforeseen consequences, you’ll be able to handle it that much better.
- Standing on one leg, 3 sets of 30 seconds
- Standing on the flat side of a Bosu ball, 3 sets of 30 seconds
- Standing on the ball side of a Bosu ball, and making figure-eights with a medicine ball. Three sets of five figure-eights.
The first two exercises might be too easy. That’s why you’ll do them with your eyes closed. Pick either the first or the second exercise – AND the last one – for glaring, evident results.
When you’re finished, you’ll feel the difference instantly!
When you finish those exercises and step off of that Bosu ball, you’ll feel like a king (or queen). The way you will walk will be significantly different, a lot more centered and relaxed, and as if nothing can bring you down. These exercises will physically and mentally empower you and keep you coming back for more. I make sure to do train balance four times a week, though you can get away with three and still feel pronounced, undeniable results.