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Slackline Your Way To Better Life Balance

Author: Matt Mosteller

June 02, 2014

Slacklining is not just for those crazy YouTube video stunts anymore. It's one of the best ways to enhance your balance. Balance is the cornerstone of skiing and most other action sports. Your sense of balance keeps you upright in a world that wants to bring you down. Solid balance helps the body mitigate the constant variables that threaten to knock you over, whether you're skiing, rock climbing, surfing and or any other sport that requires a strong sense of balance. A slackline forces you to engage muscles that are critical to your balance, those pesky lesser-used stability muscles that really engage when the slopes or surf are beating you up.

How to Slackline
Set your slackline between anchors that are around 15 to 20 feet apart. Start with a super-taught line at first, as it will make starting out easier. Step onto the line with one foot, keep your eyes and chest up, looking forward. Tighten your core for stability, weight the heels of your foot, hands should be low and you are a slacker! Start with up to one minute of balance time and work your way to walking across the line and more challenging exercises. Add a total of 10 to 15 minutes three times a week to see incredible results.

How To Improve Your Balance
Use a slackline three times a week and add a balance drill to your daily workout regime. Other balance drills include standing on one leg with your eyes open, to more difficult drills with your eyes closed. For a bigger challenge, do this on top of a bosu ball. Start out with holding your balance for 30 seconds and work your way up in time, adding in additional challenges as you get stronger.

Gear Up
Slacking in the mountains is a great way to get a super multi-sport workout. Add a slackline session to your mountain trail running. Toss the slackline into your pack and don’t forget to carry some wind and weather protection with the lightweight Enchainment jacket by Outdoor Research.

Matt Mosteller

Matt Mosteller is a writer, author, adventurer, traveler, outdoor guide, catalyst for positive change, health crusader and sport coach. Check out Matt’s book, Adventurer’s Guide to Living a Happy Life, at www.MattMosteller.org or his ski blog, PowderMatt.com.