Core Training: Your Way to a Stronger Body (cont.)

Exercises such as squats, lunges, step-ups for the lower body, and standing rows, shoulder presses, and other standing exercises for the upper body will also help develop balance, says Gerry Green, in addition to helping improve your posture.

Once you get started with balance training, says IHRSA's Bill Howland, you'll be surprised at how quickly you take to it. "We were all doing a lot of these moves in grade-school phys ed," he says. "This is not rocket science. It's a simple, proven, and time-honored regimen."

Originally published April 30, 2003.
Medically updated November 2006.

SOURCES: Kevin Steele, PhD, vice president of sports and marketing, 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, Calif. Steven Ehasz, MES, CSCS, exercise physiologist/wellness coordinator, University of Maryland Medical System, 410-683-2110. Leigh Crews, spokesperson, American Council on Exercise. Gerry Green, director of Fitness Center, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J. Bill Howland, director of research, International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, Boston.

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