Boost your stability with this single-leg exercise routine

Try these exercises to boost stability and improve balance.

It may not be something many of us think about that often, but having good balance is pretty important when it comes to our health and fitness.

Balance can make your workouts more efficient and enable you to challenge yourself with new and exciting exercises.

If your balance is poor, chances are you need to work on your core strength and stabilising muscles, which is exactly what these single-leg exercises are designed for!

KIT YOU’LL NEED:

Dumbbell

HOW TO DO IT:

Take 10-20 seconds’ rest between each set, then return to the starting position and repeat for the allotted sets for your level. Perform all reps of each move before moving on to the next.

Beginner: 2 x 10 reps

Intermediate: 3 x 10 reps

Advanced: 4 x 10 reps

1. SKATERS

Boost your stability with this single-leg exercise routine

Areas trained: LEGS, BOTTOM, HIPS, CORE, LOWER BACK

Technique: Standing on one leg, squat down slightly, crossing the other leg behind you a little.

Take a large sideways leap, landing in the same position on the opposite leg.

Repeat back and forth for the allotted reps.

A cardio workout, too!

2. SINGLE-LEG SQUAT

Boost your stability with this single-leg exercise routine

Areas trained: BOTTOM, THIGHS, CORE

Technique: Stand on one leg.

Bend at your hips and knees, lowering your bottom out behind you as low to the ground as possible.

Push back up to the start and repeat for the allotted reps for your level.

Repeat on the other leg to complete a full set.

3. SINGLE LEG DEADLIFT

Boost your stability with this single-leg exercise routine

Areas trained: REAR THIGHS, BOTTOM, CORE, BACK

Technique: Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, with your weight on your right leg.

Keeping your legs straight and hips square, hinge at your hips to lower the dumbbell toward the floor, allowing the left leg to rise behind you.

Return to the start and repeat on the other leg.

SAFETY TIP: Keep your back flat throughout.


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