Coordination is one of the most important physical skills, allowing us to successfully interact with our surroundings and accomplish many tasks. However, despite the fact that for some people coordination isn’t a strong suit, coordination is often a hugely overlooked aspect of physical health despite its importance. Luckily however, coordination is one of those skills that can absolutely be improved with the right activities. So why not give it a go? Below, we’ve put together a list of activities that can help you to improve your coordination.
Unsurprisingly, the best way to keep a handle on and improve your coordination is to take part in sports. There is no better way to improve your hand eye coordination and spatial awareness than to get involved in some kind of physical activity! However, if you aren’t traditionally sporty, this doesn’t mean there isn’t something out there for you; less mainstream sporting activities such as BMX biking or stunt scooter tricks require an awful lot of coordination to master – perhaps even more than more obvious choices. So make sure you do your research and find a sport that works for you!
- Arts and crafts
Coordination also encompasses your fine motor skills and spatial awareness, both of which can be honed further by taking part in arts and crafts. Creating a drawing from life requires minute movements of the fingers and the ability to judge distance and shapes as you transfer them onto the page, while building a sculpture requires great awareness of how space is taken up and how shapes interact with one another. Getting involved in arts and crafts is a great way to fine tune these smaller, more exact coordination skills.
- Balance exercises
While balance and coordination aren’t the same thing, they are two sides of the same coin and improving one can only benefit your attempts to improve the other. Improving your balance is also beneficial in its own right, enabling you to keep enjoying your favourite activities and maintain your stability much longer in life. It’s very easy to look up balance training exercises online, or alternatively you can discuss this with your healthcare provider who will be able to provide you with exercises that are specific to your needs.
- Coordination exercises
Similarly to balance exercises, coordination exercises are easy to come by online and you will even be able to find videos which guide you through the exercises, which makes the workouts easier to follow and enable you to be sure you’re performing them correctly. Coordination exercises can vary; for example, some focus on training your eye movements, while others will focus on more active examples such as throwing and catching a ball against a wall. Improving and maintaining your coordination is a great way to stay healthy and active for longer.
Working t improve your coordination is a great goal for physical activity, and it isn’t difficult to achieve once you’ve found what works for you. So whether you’re more interested in improving your hand-eye coordination through sports or your fine motor skills through arts and crafts, hopefully there is something on this list that helps you improve your coordination.