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Balance training: One leg stand with brain challenge (exercise video)

If you often stand on one leg for your balance, you might be keen for some ideas to make it more fun, and more challenging. 

In this video, we add some mental challenges to your one leg stand, and get your brain working at the same time! 


This is a balance exercise and you may feel unsteady. We recommend standing next to something you can hold onto (a table or kitchen worktop). You might not need it, but it's good to have it there just in case. 

In real life, when we need to stay steady, we are almost never in a quiet room, without distractions. We might be rushing for the door, talking to a friend or stepping off a bus onto a crowded pavement. So, we need to train our balance when our brains are occupied elsewhere. 

Click play on the video above to do this exercise together!

If you are too unsteady on one leg, either hold onto a support or place one foot directly in front of the other (tandem stand position). 

When you are doing this exercise, remember to: 

  • Stand up tall
  • Look straight ahead
  • Try not to tip or lean to side when you move onto one leg

I hope you enjoyed these fun challenges added to the one leg stand!

If you enjoyed this exercise, you may also like the following videos:

One Leg Stand (balance exercise)

Brain Boost Challenge exercise

Tandem stand

Better Balance Level 1 (Foundation)

Better Balance Level 2 (Challenge)

Which is your favourite mental challenge? How much more do you wobble on one leg when you are doing these challenges? 

Join the conversation in the comments below!

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All material in this article is provided for information and educational purposes only. It is not advice and should not be relied on as such. Always consult an exercise or health professional if you have any health issues and need personalised advice. With this in mind, we hope you enjoy reading our articles.


Written by Claudine Aherne - Specialist Exercise Instructor, Vida Wellness