The perfect flamingo pose. Photograph: Wayne Lynch/Getty Images/All Canada Photos
“Standing on one leg makes you engage your core muscle in order to stop yourself from falling to the unsupported side,” says Tim Walker, personal trainer and founder of Evolve Fitness. If “the flamingo” is new to your work-out regime, then it “takes more brain activity and even burns more calories,” he says. Here are a few tips on how to perfect your technique:
Lose the socks
Focus on applying your weight through the heel and centre of the foot. Riley Gooch, also a personal trainer, says that doing this barefoot “is more effective as it improves the stimuli to the brain and allows you to feel the floor”.
Hold your ear
If you feel like you’re going to topple over, touching your ear could keep you on your feet (or foot), according to Walker: “[Your ear] is your centre of balance and touching it will re-centre you.”
Visualise being anchored
As well as imagining you’re a pink water bird, pretending to be an anchor could help too. Picture yourself holding on to a bar, or any other solid structure, and you may find it easier to maintain your one-footed pose.
Get your resveratrol
Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound that some research has found to improve one’s balance. You can find this compound in many foods including red wine and chocolate, though eating and drinking too much of either might be counterproductive (especially if you opt for the wine right before attempting to balance). Fortunately, you can also find it in lighter foods such as blueberries, cranberries and grapes.