All of the inline skating disciplines need good balance skills, and any activity that requires movement on your feet is good for building balance and proprioception or joint position awareness. Fortunately, balance exercises are naturally a part of everyone's daily regimen. And many things can be added to help build balance while we go through day-to-day life. You can stand up or sit down without using your hands or shift your weight to one foot while brushing your teeth. If you give it a little thought, there are many opportunities to test and improve your balance each day - without adding time or equipment to your lifestyle.
If you have specific balance goal, you may need to choose specific balance exercises. This group of balance training exercises can help you get your skating in gear. You will find that there are also balance boards, other balance training products and off season balance training that can help you build or maintain balance. Please remember that these exercises are just options among the many ways that you can build your balance skills for inline skating activities. Before exercising, be sure to get your primary care physician's approval if you have extreme balance problems or any medical conditions.
Weight Shift Pose
Begin with weight shifts, when you think you are ready to do balance exercises. All you need to do is take a ready stance off-skates with your feet separated to the width of your feet. Your weight should be equally distributed between each leg. From the ready stance, shift your weight over to the right side and gently lift your left foot away from the floor. Maintain this position as long as possible. Then go back to the ready stance and do the same sequence using the other foot. When your balance gets better, challenge yourself with more repetitions.
Single-Leg Balance Pose
Standing on one leg like a statue is another good balance exercise. Just take the ready stance off-skates with your feet separated to the width of your feet and your hands on your hips. Then bend your left knee back while lifting your left leg away from the floor. Stand in this statue position with good posture as long as you can. Then go back to the ready stance and do the same sequence using the other foot. When your balance gets better, challenge yourself with more repetitions. You can also try the same routine with your foot stretched out but not touching the floor.
Single-Leg Balance On a Pillow
Use the single-leg balance pose, but try to balance on one leg while standing on a pillow or other unstable surface. If you want more variety, start by standing on the pillow with your eyes open, then advance the exercises by closing your eyes or adding more pillows to increase the challenge.
Side-Lateral Raises for Balance
If you have a dumbell, you can try side-lateral raises. All you need to to is get back into the ready-stance, grip the dumbbell in your right hand and lift your arm until it is perpendicular to the floor. Then raise your right leg while bending at the knee. Maintain this pose as long as possible. Then go back to the ready stance and do the same sequence using the other foot. When your balance gets better, challenge yourself with more repetitions. If you want more variety, advance these exercises by closing your eyes or adding some pillows to increase the challenge.
There are many other simple balance exercises that you can do anywhere or anytime. These "anytime, anywhere" exercises will help you improve your balance for inline skating or any activity. You can do most of them as often as you like, as long as you have something sturdy nearby to hold onto if you become unsteady. If you give it a little thought, you can probably create more balance drills yourself. Treat these exercises just like the kids games to improve balance. If you don't succeed right away, be a good sport and keep trying.