[Paleopsych] Frank keeping his balance

Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. ljohnson at solution-consulting.com
Fri Jan 20 14:25:13 UTC 2006

Recently Frank talked about improving his sense of balance by not 
holding on while on the Metroliner during his commute. I just had a 
similar experience.

As I have gotten older, my skiing is slower and more conservative. My 
college-age boys recently created a balance board. It is a plastic pipe 
about five inches in diameter by 18 inches long, and a 5/8 plywood board 
about 1 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet. The purpose is to balance the board on 
the pipe, one foot on each side of the pipe. With quick back-and-forth 
movements you keep the board somewhat level. I could not do it at first, 
while my 15 year old son would balance, leap into the air, spin 180 
degrees, and land again on the board. Just trying to balance, I would 
fall sprawling and the dog would run out terrified.

I have practiced this for a couple of months, and it has improved my 
balance and fast-twitch muscles considerably. I can now balance for over 
a minute at a time.

Recently skiing with my 17 year old daughter, I was going very fast to 
try to catch up, and as the slope changed to a run-out, I was probably 
doing about 30 miles per hour. My outside edge of the less-weighted ski 
caught, shoving me forward, but for the first time in my life I was able 
to regain my form and not take one of those horrible cartwheel falls. I 
suppose it has to do withthe balance exercises I am doing.

I think Frank is onto something with his balance-improvement exercises.


Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D.
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