Single leg balance with overhead arm reach toward stance leg


What is it and benefits?

  • Single Leg Balance Hold with Lateral Overhead Reach Toward Stance Leg is an intermediate exercise that improves coordination and balance. 
  • It also strengthens and stabilizes the shoulders, spine, CORE, hips, and legs.

Who should perform it?

  • This exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have adequate CORE strength, good spinal alignment, and the ability to balance on one leg.

Getting Started:

  1. Perform active stretching for the legs, hips, and core if excessive tightness and weakness persists in these areas. 
  2. Stand tall with both feet hip-width apart.
  3. Roll the shoulders back and press down. Keep the chest high. 
  4. Suck in the tummy in an attempt to make the navel touch the spine. 
  5. Shift the weight to the left leg. Lift the right foot and allow it to just hover above the floor.

How to Do the Exercise:

  1. Reach both arms overhead. 
  2. Slowly extend the right leg slightly behind and lean over to the rigth side. Only lean as far as you can maintain balance. 
  3. Hold for 5-10 seconds. 
  4. Return to starting position. 
  5. Repeat as desired and then switch to the opposite side.

Be Safe!

  • Be sure to keep the tummy pulled in throughout the exercise. 
  • Do not exaggerate the upper or lower body movements. 
  • If any pain or discomfort is experienced discontinue this exercise.


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