By Powder Matt Mosteller

Get your Slack on! Are you a Slacker? Good. Your balance will thank you and the outcome is a healthier life.

Challenge your balance daily. Slacklining is not just for those crazy youtube video stunts anymore. It is one of the best ways to enhance your balance. Balance is the cornerstone of skiing and any other action sport that requires a balance as one of the skill sets to mastery.

Don’t knock it. Your sense of balance keeps you upright in a world that wants to bring you down. Solid balance helps the body mitigate the constant variables that threaten to knock you over, whether your skiing, rock climbing, surfing and or any other sport that requires a strong sense of balance.

Diggler Scooters at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Diggler Mountain Scooters are another great balance exercise and loads of fun

Go Slack. A slackline forces you to engage muscles that are critical to your balance, those pesky lesser used stability muscles that really engage when the slopes or surf are beating you up.

How to Slacline. Set your slackline between anchors that are around 15 to 20 feet apart. Start with a super taught line at first as it will make starting out easier. Step onto the line with one foot, keep your eyes and chest up, looking forward. Tighten your core for stability, weight the heels of your foot, hands should be low and you are a slacker! Start with up to one minute of balance time and work your way to walking across the line and more challenging exercises. Add a total of 10 to 15 minutes three times a week to see incredible results!

Powder Matt’s balance tips
Use a slackline 3 times a week and add a balance drill to your daily workout regime. Examples of other balance drills include as simple as standing on one leg with your eye’s open to more difficult with your eye’s closed and most difficult is doing this on top of a bosu ball. Start out with holding your balance for 30 seconds and work your way up in time and also adding in additional challenge as you get better.

Gear up.
Slack it in the mountains! A great way to get a super multi sport workout is to add a slackline session to your mountain trail running. Lace up the new La Sportiva #26KYB Bushido as it is uber comfortable and toss the slackline into your Z40 MD Gregory backpack and don’t forget to add some wind and weather protection with the lightweight Enchainment jacket by Outdoor Research.

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