Single-leg balance. How good is yours?
It may surprise many of you (as it did me), that lack of control over your single-leg balance can have broader-reaching implications in your running gait…specifically relating to increased injury rates.
Simple exercises like standing on one leg while moving the free leg about, standing on one leg on uneven/unstable surfaces (balance boards are good for this), and eventually including strength movements to these exercises, are great ways of rapidly improving single-leg balance and control.
As it is primarily about activating the muscles – rather than developing strength – improvements are gained quickly. The key is to do it regularly. Oh, and do it on both legs too!
See you out there – Juddy