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Does anyone do it?  Is it worthwhile (stream crossings, etc.)?

Slackline, bosu, etc.
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As you age, balance training becomes even more important.  Many yoga poses work on balance.  I have not found it helpful when crossing streams, but it may be keeping me upright when I trip over my own feet.  :)  

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There's formalized balance training?  I honestly had no idea.

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Jim, in your line of work, I am sure Mental Balance training would be a good thing for many of the people you meet / work with.  

Lots of trainers are using bosu as a balance trainer.  Tree, star, crow, and crescent moon yoga poses are all good places to start.  


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Slackline, bosu, etc.

Slackline helps keep my local Emergency Dept in business...  :p
Bosu was fun during rehab!
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Jim, I don't know that it's formal, but there appear to be schools of thought, anyway.

Zeke, I've never done yoga, but one thing I used to do was simple presses with dumbbells while standing on a bosu, round side up - I guess round side down would be more advanced.

fife, yeah, I hear that about slackline and crossfit.
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I bought a slackline because I thought my family would like it, but we hardly use it. Maybe we will more in the summer.

I did a mud run a while back where I realized that I was just chicken of the balance obstacles. One was to go from the top of one plank to the next. They started at about two feet high and got progressively taller. I didn't even attempt it. Thats another reason I bought the slackline.


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There are several ways to improve the muscles that keep you up right as well as train the inner ear/brain to use them.

Most are fun (if you like routine exercises and a gym rat) and a few are exhausting.

Gofit.net has Balance and Core Stability products.  I have finally become friends with (but not mastered) the Wobble Board and a foam board.  I haven't graduated to the one leg deep knee bends on either of them, but I have almost worn off the paint on a door jam with my death grips.

http://www.exrx.net/ExInfo/Balance.html has other suggestions.  EXRX.net is an excellent go-to link for almost anything you can do to/for your body.

Those large rubber balls can be used as well if you have a horizontal bar above you until you master not falling off.  Unsupported deep knee bends are for the post graduates.

It is not so much a problem of balance (unless a head injury or elderly) as it is making sure the muscles that you use are ready to be used.

Carrying a pack for miles everyday is a good example of, "Dang this is kicking my kiester!" wish that you had spent more time before you got there.


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We start losing our balance sensors at 20 -- but can regain them with training.

I researched this after I kept getting ankle sprains while trail running. Bottom line is we'll always "come down wrong" on something sometime, rock, stick whatever. That is a given.

Question is whether we "move back to center, to balance" after the initial stumble.

I got a wobble board, never had a bad sprain since. Wobble board is fun, couple minutes a day does a lot. Any "one-legged" work seems to help though. Just holding one foot off the ground, doing shallow knee bend with the other, benefits.
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I took up muni riding ( a tough unicycle with mtn bike tire) at 59. It has been 1 year since I started. Riding mtn bike trails is a balance/muscle memory exercise that does not stop; roots, rocks, drops keep you focused on staying balanced. It builds adaptive balance, torso and leg strength, and is so much fun.
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