Balance and gymnastics are synonymous. All you have to do is observe a few minutes of gymnastics to realize how essential balance is to the sport. Naturally, people assume that balance is only necessary for gymnasts on a beam, and not as necessary for the rest of the population.
Research suggests otherwise. While athletes, like gymnasts, dancers, cheerleaders, or ice skaters need balance to perform, all populations can benefit from balance training. Simple tasks like walking and running require balance. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, just two sessions of balance training can change both gray and white matter in the brain. Adding things like single leg balances, bosu work, or cross-crawl patterns (opposite arm to opposite leg) can improve the quality of everyday life.
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Lisa Eichelberger, NASM Personal Trainer