If you are clumsy, like me, you might be interested in fall prevention. I am a big believer in balance training for my clients (and myself!). As we age, our sense of balance tends to wane. In addition, our bones also get more brittle. For that reason, a fall can be not only painful, but disasterous.
Simply standing on one leg is an example of balance training. Try to stand on one leg and concentrate on something across the room, like that pile of dust you missed earlier, or a marker doodle that your toddler made just this morning (on the wall). Practice mindful breathing while you get used to the art of balance (Oh yeah, and continue breathing as you want to scream at your little delinquent with your sharpie in hand). As you get used to this move, you may want to try some Yoga poses, such as Half Moon or Tree, to get used to balancing yourself.
If you have balance pads or a BOSU ball (a stability ball cut in half), you can use balance to challenge yourself during push ups or planks. Using an unstable surface makes your core work much harder during these moves. These types of moves are less about overall balance and more about coordination and stability of your muscles.
Try it out! You’ll surprise those muscles and maybe even stay standing under new circumstances!