Striving for Balance: The Workout


I sometimes feel like I rush through my life on a tightrope with plates on my head and balls in the air. Excuse my mixed metaphor, but if you think about it (or picture it), it becomes quite clear. I work my (very) full time job, until two weeks ago I also carried two extra clients twice a week. I write this blog, and try to keep up with all the commitments and needs that go along with blogging. I run and now I’m training for a marathon. I try to work out and practice yoga. I care for my pets. And of course, I have a husband to think about, meals to cook, a home to clean.

Basically just like everyone else.

While some may say balance is overrated, I feel that if I could just balance my priorities a little better I wouldn’t be in danger of falling off that tightrope or dropping those dishes.

But then again, I’m happy. My husband is happy. And my dogs are definitely happy. So I guess I’m doing something right. Maybe this balance thing is overrated. Oh, I just said that, didn’t I?

While balance in your life may be important (or not), balance in your body is vital. Imbalance between muscles can lead to decreased performance and injury. General lack of balance can cause falls, which can also lead to injury.

The Striving for Balance Workout

The Striving for Balance workout addresses both your physical balance and your muscular balance. Several exercises are done standing on one foot while moving through a range of motion. Others are done unilaterally, one side at a time, which helps to equalize and balance strength. It is a total body workout, and strengthens all of your major muscles groups, thus creating balance.

Strive for Balance

One Arm Chest Press

Work ItKeep your core stable as you perform the movement. Do all the repetitions on one side then repeat on the other.

One Legged Bent Over Row

Work It 4Stabilize your core and keep your spine neutral. Make sure to alternate legs on each set.

Reverse Lunge with Balance

Work It 6Pause and hold your balance for a moment at the top of the movement. This is a reverse lunge, so you are stepping back into the lunge, then bringing the back leg forward and raising your knee. Do all the repetitions on one side, then repeat on the other.

Plank on Medicine Ball

Place both hands on a medicine ball and move into a high plank position. Hold for as long as you can.

One Legged Bicep Curls

Work It 3You can hold your knee up or just lift your foot a few inches above the ground. Stand tall and pull your shoulder blades together. Remember to change legs on each set.

One Arm Lying Triceps Extension

Work It 2Keep your core stable as you do the exercise. Do all the repetitions on one side then repeat on the other.

Medicine Ball Swing

Work It 5Keep your spine long and your chest up as you sit into your squat. Swing the ball up as you straighten your legs.

Side Plank

PlankOld picture, but you get the idea. The side plank can also be done on your forearms. Be sure to do both sides! (If you want the entire Plank Variations video, click here)

Do you work on balance in your fitness program? What’s your favorite balance move?

Disclaimer: Although I am a certified Coach and Personal Trainer, I am not YOUR Coach or Personal Trainer. Always adapt workouts to suit your body and fitness level. Always consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program.

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  1. says

    Whoa! Your post + my post are VERY SIMILAR TODAY!!! I am not sure why you said that you would be DOG WOMAN – you are seriously SUPER WOMAN! You juggle so much, yet you seem so balanced and at ease all the time! You should be called SUPER SERENE WOMAN! 😉
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    • says

      Okay, I’ll take that name. I like Super Serene Woman (though when you meet me you may question the “serene” part 🙂 ).

      Our posts were similar. I would have noted that in my comment, but I was on my ipad, and if I comment too long it freezes up so I keep it short and sweet.
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  2. says

    I don’t know how you do it all!!!! I am with Kymberly about blogging less & I think for some readers it is a relief since like me, I want to read your every post but it is hard & I think my readers felt the same only having to stop by 3 times a week vs 5 or more.. 🙂 I know I would read no matter what! 🙂 But some like to write every day so…

    I am kinda tired from reading all you do so gonna take a break now! 😉
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  3. says

    I love this – at the end of the day it really is all about being happy and those we love being happy!
    And – this workout is awesome!! As I’ve gotten older I’ve really tried to work more on my balance!!
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