Dryland Tip: Balance and Coordination Work With the Alternative Leg Hop

SANTA CLARA, California, June 21. BALANCE is a key element in developing strong swimmers, and today's dryland tip offers an exercise that will help younger athletes improve their coordination on land, which our dryland correspondent G. John Mullen says will translate to more fluid swimming in the pool.

Purpose: Children have difficulties with balance and coordination. These difficulties exist on land and in the water. It is believed swimming provides an altered environment increasing the difficulty of many task. This simple balance/coordination exercise helps improve weight shifting while alternating legs, a beginner exercise for developing children.

Directions: Stand on one leg while maintaining a straight line through the body, then shift your weight to the other leg. While transferring your body weight, attempt to maintain your body alignment.