Step stance balance exercise

This is a simple but very effective balance exercise that you can perform with or without shoes.

Set up:

  • Stand side-on to a wall (or heavy, stable piece of furniture) within reaching distance.

Steps: 

  1. Place your right foot directly in front of your left foot, leaving about half a foot’s distance in between.
  2. Keep your knees slightly flexed, neutral lumbar spine and breathe normally.
  3. Maintain for 30+ seconds.
  4. Swap feet over and repeat.

step stance balance

Tips:

  • You will wobble, but your arms can be lifted out to the sides if you need them to help you with this balance exercise.

Make it harder:

  • Turn your head slowly to the right, then back to the centre, then slowly to the left. Repeat x5. Repeat with the other foot in front.
  • Close your eyes and balance for 30+ seconds.
  • Close your eyes and turn your head as above.
  • Do the basic balance workout.

head turning during balance