Balance is fundamental to everything you do–not just at the gym, but in life. Improving yours can help you avoid falls and injury, as well as improve your center of gravity and ability to make the sharp moves and turns necessary for athletic finesse. So spend some time in airplane.
Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, hands by your sides. Avoid locking out your knees. Shift your weight to your right leg and slowly lean forward, lifting your left leg behind you. Extend your arms behind you as you lift your leg, palms facing the floor.
As you continue, keep your collarbone and head lifted. Make sure both hips are still facing forward, and keep your left toe pointing at the ground. Aim to create a long line from your left foot to the crown of your head, with your arms out for balance, and your left leg and upper body parallel with the floor.
Slowly return to start, then switch legs and balance on your left. At first your “flights” may be wobbly and abrupt, but with time, you’ll find smooth sailing.