The sense of physical balance is achieved by sensing a series of signals conveying information from the various parts of the body structure to the brain. That information from various parts like the feet, legs, pelvis, head, muscles, eyes, ears, organs and many other areas communicate to the human brain and back. That quick feedback back and forth can allow adjustments to achieve physical balance, spatial orientation and maximize safe functional mobility.
BALANCE Helpful Hints:
A Plank is a strength exercise that specifically targets the core. It involves an Isometric position (a static contraction of muscles) in a position similar to a Push-up. The objective is to increase the amount of time every time one does a Plank. The position is best achieved with an aligned torso. Depending on the amount of strength one may have, a Plank can begin with bent knees on the floor, or straight legs, or elevated feet and legs. A Plank can also be done one one’s side, either a straight arm or on the elbow.
Practicing a Plank pose every day-
While executing a Plank, be mindful not to forcefully lock the muscles in a rigid way. Though a Plank is often termed as an isometric exercise, try to be kind to the body system with ease of breathing. Certainly the muscles, ligaments and bones need to be engaged for support, but try not to be in a frozen physical position. It may be helpful to think of the held position as a ‘supported position’ to assist the musculature during the Plank-ing time. As the seconds on the stopwatch tick by, try to mindfully send new energy to the body with breathing inward and outward. The following Helpful Hints can be used with doing the Plank. Locking the joints means that there is no movement. Relaxing fully, does not help either. If you think of yourself as an alert and ready animal in nature, you’ll find the right balance of support AND ease of being at the ready..