Relying heavily on one side creates physical imbalances that can cause pain and tightness, excessive wear on joints including the spine and leads to decreased mobility and a body that is struggling - this lopsided approach affects you physically by underutilising the full capacity of the body.
Expand your mind and body and increase your potential by developing your non dominant side with simple activities. Test yourself by using your opposite side…
1. Stepping into pants with the other leg first and be aware of the difference in your balance and how it feels.
2. Put a jumper on with the other arm in first.
3. Reach for items in the cupboard and open them.
4. Brush your teeth or swap hands with the knife and fork.
5. Lay flat on your back, roll to one side and stand; chances are you will always roll to the same side. Now roll to the other side.
6. Kneel down and again you will always put the same leg down first and it’s the same when you stand. Now do the other side.
We’re looking to reduce the gap between the dominant and non dominant sides of the body and this is especially important for…
· Performers, dancers & sports people etc who want to maximise their skills, coordination and mobility.
· Maintaining your balance on slopes and recovering from trip hazards.
The reliance on one side is merely a habit and by developing both sides you increase brain activity and create new levels of body awareness, ability and functioning.
Improve your life in many ways and inflate the tyres of your non dominant side.
Guest blog post by Stephen Robertson - a fitness trainer who trusted his intuition and is now a performer with a balancing act. You can see him perform at Maitri Fitness soon. If you would like to book his balancing act for your next event please visit his website - The Balancing Man.
Editors Note - Thanks to Stephen for this post. Do anyone hear an echo in what I say in classes? It's so important that we balance out our bodies (and minds), it's not just because I'm mean and am trying to make you fall over!!