Want to improve your core strength, athletic form, agility, and coordination? Few approaches have as much of an effect as enhancing your sense of balance. While it may appear wholly innate, your feeling of balance can in fact be strengthened with regular exercises you can do virtually anywhere, oftentimes with virtually no equipment.

Check out this quick guide to 10 easy exercises to enhance balance:

Single leg deadlift – this exercise is surprisingly much harder than it sounds. Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, raise one leg backward up behind you in mid-air until your shin is parallel with the ground. Simultaneously, lean your torso forward and touch the ground with your hands. Go back to a standing position and repeat up to 10 times before switching to the other side of the body.

Balance pad – add a balance pad to your bodyweight exercises like planks, lunges, and squats. A balance pad is really a lightweight foam pad created for balance training. It will give a challenging amount of instability to normalcy exercises and require you to engage your core more than you otherwise would.

Raised side plank – assume a side plank position and when you feel well-balanced, raise your free arm up into the air so it directly mirrors your arm fixed to the ground. Hold for Just a few seconds and then repeat with the other side of the body. Feeling ambitious? Try raising your free leg in the air simultaneously as the hand and holding it for Ten to fifteen seconds.

Yoga – in addition to giving you better flexibility and breathing skills, yoga can also be ideal for reinforcing strong balance and coordination. Tree pose, chair pose, downward dog pose, eagle pose . . . other great tales of balance-promoting yoga poses that are basic, accessible, and effective. Locate a yoga class at the local gym or stream free instructional videos online.

Balance discs – inflatable balance discs/cushions, half yoga/stability balls, wooden balance boards . . . there are a number of balance training tools you can use in your everyday routine outside of the gym to practice balance. Get up on a stationary half yoga ball while you work at your computer, sit on an account balance cushion when you ride the train, you get the drift.

Foam rolling – foam rolling has trended recently because of its capability to help stretch your body and break up tight myofascial tissue following a workout, however, a foam roller can be a great balance tool too. Start by practicing standing on your foam roller – lay it parallel to a wall so you can support yourself from the wall before you fully balance. Or lay on your foam roller by using it positioned vertically so it parallels your spine from neck to tailbone. Practice raising your legs and arms separately in to the air while laying on it without rolling off.

Plyometric jump squat – side-to-side stability is often what individuals think of when the topic of balance pops up, but front-to-back balance is equally as critical. A plyometric jump squat recruits various muscle groups in stabilizing your body, particularly when landing. Starting from a squat position together with your legs forming 90-degree angles with the ground, explode into a controlled jump and find both your feet as softly as you possibly can.

Standing ab tuck – stand with both hands raised in mid-air after which slowly lift one leg up until your knee is level together with your hip. Bring your hands right down to clap lightly underneath your knee after which bring them up support. Repeat using the opposite leg for 10 to 15 repetitions. You can increase the challenge by standing on an account balance training tool or a rolled up yoga mat or towel.

Curtsey lunge – while lunges in themselves can be good balance enhancers, a curtsey lunge counters your natural stability much more. Begin with a reverse lunge approach but rather than bringing one leg straight back behind you, you will want to cross it over behind you to definitely the opposite side of the body (as if you were curtseying). Stand up from the lunge position and repeat with the opposite side. Make it even more complicated by raising your knee as much as meet your elbow each time you stand up from a lunge.

Single leg plank – inside a plank position, resting either in your forearms or hands, raise one foot in mid-air at any given time, holding it there for 15 seconds. Engage your core throughout the exercise and switch feet, repeating the entire exercise for at least one minute or until you can't contain the plank any longer.