How to Do Single Leg Balance With Overhead Arm Reach Toward Stance Leg
This exercise may be performed by healthy exercisers who have adequate CORE strength, good spinal alignment, and the ability to balance on one leg.
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.
Beginning Single Leg Balance Reach
Perform active stretching for the legs, hips, and core if excessive tightness and weakness persist in these areas.
Stand tall with both feet hip-width apart.
Roll the shoulders back and press down. Keep the chest high.
Suck in the tummy in an attempt to make the navel touch the spine.
Shift the weight to the left leg. Lift the right foot and allow it to just hover above the floor.
Single Leg Balance Reach Movement
1. Reach both arms overhead.
2. Slowly extend the right leg slightly behind and lean over to the right 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.
Single Leg Balance Reach 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.