Activities for Improving Balance

Balance is often an overlooked skill to practice unless teaching or coaching gymnastics, the very young, or students who have disabilities that effect mobility.  But maintaining and improving balance is essential for all students and should be a regular part of any PE, Adapted PE, or sports program.  Adding a few balance skills during warmup takes little time and benefits other activities.  For students with balance deficits, more time, emphasis, and practice can be allocated to improve balance. Some of these suggested activities and techniques will not only help improve balance but also athletic performance.

Balance Defined and Explained

Balance can be defined as an even distribution of weight that enables someone or something to remain upright while remaining stable and achieving equilibrium.  In general, there are three main elements that help in achieving balance:


You are invited to view, download, and share with your colleagues and future teachers, presentation information from the national 50 Million Strong by 2029 forum held at the 2017 Boston Convention. There were more than 30 presentations and because each was very short, presenters posted materials online. Wonderful resources to learn more about 50 Million Strong by 2029. Also, be sure to follow and contribute to the conversation about advancing SHAPE America's commitment to prepare students with the skills, knowledge, confidence, and motivation to lead healthy and physically active lives.