One obstacle I often run into working in the schools is a space to work in. In these cases one of my favorite therapy tools happens to be a hill or incline. It’s amazing how many great strength and balance exercises you can do with a simple hill or incline. I especially love to get outside and utilize hills and inclines when the weather is nice! It always seems that it’s just a little more fun when you can get out. The best part is very little equipment is needed for these activities!
Strength and Balance Exercises Using A Hill
Here is a quick run down of some easy strength and balance exercise you can do on a hill or incline starting today! Here are 10 of my favorite and simple ways to use a hill or incline!
Side Steps – Be sure to go both directions to hit the muscles on both sides!
Monster Walks – With legs out straight try to make it up the hill!
Knee Walks – Both up and down and the incline!
Ride a Bike – Working on inclines is great for strengthening.
Marching – Adds in the balance factor, try for nice high marches.
Cross Over Steps – Lead with each side.
Backward Walking – Great for strength and balance!
Walking on Your Heels
Walk on Your Tip Toes
Heel Kicks- Bend your knees and kick up your heels as close to your backside as you can.
Inclines and Babies
Have you ever used a hill or incline for basic motor development with a baby? Check out this outdoor crawling tip. It of course could be used indoors as well on any inclined surface.