A balanced body is incredibly important for those that are looking to lead happy and healthy lifestyles, but the overwhelming majority of people out there are facing down muscular imbalances that have them at serious risk of injury.
This is why it is so important to understand exactly what you’re dealing with when it comes to the balance of your body, and why you’re going to want to train the any imbalances up to create a much more stable and much more injury resistant body just as soon as you are able to.
If you’re dealing with tightness, pain, inflammation, aches and creeks that just don’t seem to go away, the odds are pretty good that you’re staring down a serious muscular imbalance that needs to be addressed.
Here’s how to quickly test yourself to know exactly what you’re up against!
Where is your weight placed?
The very first thing you’ll want to do is stand on a single foot and see where the majority of your body weight is placed and pressing down when you do so.
In an ideal situation your weight is going to be equally distributed through the heels and the ball of your foot, but if you are leaning forward with weight pressed up near your toes your calves and quads are more likely the dominant muscle.
If your weight is shifting to the back of your foot, your core is usually the more dominant group.
How long can you stand on a single foot?
You’ll also want to check to see how long you are able to stand up and balance on a single foot. You want to try and shoot for at least 30 seconds, but if you aren’t able to go that long you’ll want to see which side gives out first and where you fall.
This will tell you about which side of your muscles are least balanced and which side you need to focus on when you’re training.
If you have a tough time lifting your leg your core is usually weak, if your arms are flailing to stabilize you your glutes aren’t doing their job, and if your ankles are wobbling back and forth it’s your lower body that needs to be addressed.
Do you notice yourself leaning one way or another when sitting down?
To check your upper body, you’ll want to sit in a chair naturally and see if your shoulders point one way or another. You’ll be able to tell which side is favored (likely your dominant side), which side is stronger over there also likely to be your dominant side), and which side needs the most work.