Try using a wobble board instead to improve your balance.
A wobble board is an exercise device used to improve balance, functional strength and mental focus. Wobble boards have a flat surface supported over a less stable cylinder or ball. Balancing on the flat surface challenges your muscles and proprioception as your body and mind adapt to moving on the unstable support below. Wobble boards are available in different sizes and shapes and can be modified for different ability levels. Other balance devices such as balance balls, cushions and rocker boards provide similar benefits that include: Improving proprioception and balance, improving functional strength, improving mental focus and preventing injuries.
Activities such as yoga and Pilates incorporate tensing and releasing exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility.
Tensing and releasing muscles is a technique that is used to strengthen and release muscles, reduce stress and return the body and mind to a state of balance. Often combined with deep breathing and imagery, it is used by athletes, musicians and actors, as well as people rehabilitating from an illness or injury. Progressive relaxation uses this technique systematically to relax all of the muscles in your body.
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Water aerobics instructors are in a unique position to guide classes through a fun workout while also teaching valuable movement skills that can improve strength, flexibility and aerobic capacity. Along with a knowledge of exercise physiology and anatomy, water aerobics instructors should understand and apply specific principles of water, including buoyancy, resistance, drag, specificity of movement, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity and specific heat. However, the instructor’s primary goal is to provide a safe, effective and positive workout experience for every participant.
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Water aerobics is for everyone! If you’re looking for an intense workout that incorporates strength and cardio training, head to the water for interval training.