When you walk into a gym one thing you may see is people working on balance. In the last ten years fitness equipment has started showing up in gyms such as the bosu balls, stability balls, wobble boards and balance pads all to help us work on our balance. In recent years the philosophy of stability training has change pretty dramatically. Stability training has become more of a staple in peoples workout routines. If you do not already integrate stability training into your workouts it is critical you start.
Balance and stability training helps to prevent injuries and keep your body in balance. No matter what your fitness goals are it is important to build a good foundation. This foundation is a strong core and good balance. When you have a strong core and are stable you can begin to advance your workouts to a much more intense level. This is when the true results start to happen!
Muscle imbalances are a part of life, everyone from the sedentary person to the professional athlete can have muscle imbalances. If you sit at a computer all day most likely your back and core are weak and your chest and shoulders are very tight. To prevent injury these muscle imbalances need to be strengthened and stretched.
If muscle imbalances are not worked on they will only get worse and can potentially cause a lot of pain down the road. Talk to a personal trainer and get an assessment to figure out what imbalances you have and what you can do to help balance your body to reach your fitness goals safely and effectively.