Fit for life… and how appropriate.
Each month, optimal nutrition puts together a mixer to get people outside and use their body… because health is a lifestyle. The event could be rock climbing, hiking, or just exercise in the park. This time, it was Balance Training at mission bay in san diego. How fun to break up your workout in the gym and get outside and move!
I led the group through a 30 minute exercise demo using the indo board balance trainer which I think is the best way to train your balance not just for board sports, but for most sports. The unstable surface forces you to recruit so many muscles to stabilize your joints, hold correct posture, and improve proprioception, all which are factors involved in your balance.
Once the group was well versed in correct posture and form, they were ready for some practical application of the balance training… Stand up paddle. Yes, this is the new cool thing, but it is actually a great workout which uses every single muscle in your body. Suplove brought their line of boards for the group to demo in the flat water… there was a board for everyone, large and small, and they all had a great time and got a killer workout in too.
This was a special day for me, since I was able to share with a bunch of strangers a bit of my life and how I train… on unstable surfaces where I have to use my body weight, and without many machines. Some of the best workouts I have ever had have been on a stand up paddle board, and when I can’t get out and paddle… I train on the Indo Board… to make me better out on the water.
You see, we can make our balance better. We can strengthen the connection between our brain and our muscles to coordinate movements more effectively… if we practice and train them to do so. When training on an unstable device like an Indo Board or Stand up paddle board, your joints and muscles give constant feedback to your brain, which in turn learns how to adapt to the situation. The more you practice, the more you adapt. Conversely, if you don’t train it… you can lose it. That connection can atrophy over time.
In all, this event turned out to be a huge success and we will be doing it again soon.
I hope to see you out there next time…