Balance on your right leg with your left leg 12 to 18 inches off the ground in front of your body. Extend your right arm out to the side for balance if needed and place your left forearm on the small of your back to keep it out of the way.
Keep both your legs and your torso as straight as you can, and draw a half circle with your left leg - starting in front of your body and ending directly behind your body. Pause momentarily before reversing the motion to end with your left leg again in front of your body.
Complete all repetitions and then switch sides to draw a half circle with the opposite leg. Making a circle from front to back and then back to the front is one repetition.
Ice Skaters Level 1 effectively increases body balance and control. This move challenges your ankles, hips, and torso, calling upon your ability to shift your weight through different plains due to the semi-circle motion. This balance exercise not only regains and/or maintains your balance, but also builds strength and increases muscle tone throughout the upper leg and hip. This is a great beginner training tool to challenge and improve balance and is especially well suited for older adults as it promotes hip mobility.