Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Try (some of) this at home

Sometimes balance work seems silly.  It’s not like we are going to have to get out of bed and walk a tightrope or anything (most days, anyway…).  But then there is that thing on the top shelf in the kitchen and suddenly we are perched on our toes on the counter and it doesn’t seem that silly after all.  (Don’t tell Brent that I sometimes do that…)

Admittedly, standing on the counter might not be the best place to start working on balance.  Standing next to the counter, however, is a great place.  We can rise up on our toes with the support of the counter top, or with our hands hovering over the counter once we have mastered the first part.  We can shift our weight to one leg and lift the other and then reverse it.  We can see if we can load the top rack of the dishwasher on one foot, or transfer dishes from the drainer to the cabinet that way.

Small, easy, everyday actions can build into great things.  But I probably won’t install a tightrope from my bed to the closet any time soon.

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