BALANCE FOR SPEED
Triathletes with good balance move faster and more efficiently. Strong, well-trained muscles react more quickly to signals from the brain.
Unsurprisingly balance (like strength) diminishes with age. That’s why strength training is so important, especially among triathletes over the age of 40.
To improve your balance, start with your core strength. Maintaining a solid upright posture — especially when fatigued during the run — keeps your center or gravity where it belongs.
Age-related loss of foot strength also undermines your balance by creating an unstable platform. You’ve seen the “Ironman Shuffle”, usually exhibited by older athletes; it’s usually due to a lack of strength in both the foot and the core.
Improving your balance isn’t complicated, and takes only a few minutes a day. Check out these effective exercises that will improve your balance and deliver more speed.