If you want to build your balance -- but group-fitness classes aren't quite your scene -- there are a lot of do-it-yourself workouts that you can do to get great results.
Start with the basics
Instead of using machines or free weights, switch to dumb bells or kettlebells for your strength-building exercises. By working one side individually for bicep curls, chest presses or shoulder presses, among other exercises, you'll force yourself to give balanced focus to your left and right sides -- balance that you can carry with you throughout the day.
Once you've mastered dumb bells, do the exercises while standing on a BOSU trainer. By usuing BOSU trainers during bicep curls or shoulder presses, you'll simultaneously build upper and lower body strength. And if you really want to get creative, turn the BOSU trainer upside to dial up the intensity and really bring focus to your balance.
Take to the waves
If you want to hone your surfing or snowboarding skills -- or simply improve your strength and balance -- move your workouts to the top of an Indo Board.
For those of you who aren't in the know, an Indo Board is an oval plank of wood that rests precariously atop a small cushion or tube. Just by standing on an Indo Board, you'll improve your balance. And if you want to take it up a notch or two, perform your favorite exercises with dumb bells or kettlebells.
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