Kids Balance Exercises: Hop
To finish up the week for ‘kids balance’ week, we will be jumping around a bit, but you will have to do it with one leg!
1. Stand on one leg and tuck the other leg up behind your bottom and hold it with the opposite hand.
2. Hop on the spot 5 times.
3. Hop 5 times and turn to the left each hop.
4. Hop 5 times and turn to the right each hop.
Keeping your spine nice and tall and looking straight ahead, not down at your feet.
What is balance and coordination? Why is your kids balance important?
Balance is the ability to maintain a controlled body position whilst performing a task, whether it is stepping up onto a kerb, sitting at a table, walking the balance beam. We need to maintain controlled positions during static (still) & dynamic (moving) activities.
What is Static balance?
The ability to hold a stationary position with control (e.g. “Freeze” or “statue” games).
What is Dynamic balance?
The ability to remain balanced while engaged in movement (e.g. running or bike riding).
Why are balance and coordination important? Why is your kids balance important?
Balance and coordination allows the child to be involved in the sports with a reasonable degree of success. Age appropriate balance aids fluid body movement for physical performance (e.g. walking a balance beam or playing football).
Being involved in sport is helpful is great for maintaining self regulation as well as building a social network and having a sense of belonging in a community. It can also help children develop controlled body movement during task performance. This can save energy therefore limit fatigue.
Kids balance is important as with good balance and coordination there is less likelihood of injury. How? The child is likely to have better postural reflexes when needed (e.g. putting hands out to protect themselves when they fall off their bike). It also allows appropriate posture for table top tasks and at fine motor tasks.
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