Danger, Danger

Whether you break things with your sweet dance moves or your surprisingly horrible batting skills, the truth is, you’re accident prone.  You could be walking down the street paying attention to your surroundings and still end up on your face or rear without warning or cause.  Growing up you had broken arms, legs and everything in between.

Fortunately, you are the only one, up to this point that has been affected by your clumsiness; however, you’re sure it is only a matter of time before someone else becomes an unsuspecting victim of your hazardous personality.

You Break it, You Buy it

Unfortunately, because of your clumsiness, you’ve also had your share of “You break it, you buy it” incidences.  Most people have been understanding and generous with you but, of course, not everyone will be able to forgive a ruined wedding cake or broken chandelier.

However, this policy has gotten you some pretty cool things, especially when you took the matter to your family or friends and decided together it was time for an update anyway.

So far, you’ve broken the television, alarm clock, multiple watches, and you’ve even had to go through a window replacement company to get some new windows after the incident with the vacuum.

Improving Coordination through Activity

While having skills can’t fix all of your accident prone issues, it sure wouldn’t hurt.  Here are some skills you can work on developing for better coordination:

  1. Frequently switch up exercises.  Continually changing exercises will build muscle memory all around and can significantly improve coordination in many areas.
  2. Work on balance.  You can do this by:
    1. Walking balance beam
    2. Riding a bike
    3. Using a stability ball
    4. Hiking on a rocky trail
    5. Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Surfing, Skiing
    6. Go Rollerblading or Roller Skating
    7. Obstacle running would not only be one of the best exercises to work on becoming less accident prone, but additionally it may provide some great entertainment for those watching on the sidelines.

Most coordination skills are developed between the ages of seven and thirteen so you can’t expect to be great with very little work. However, they can continue to be improved with continued practice and work.

Hand eye coordination is one of the biggest areas that uncoordinated people struggle with and you may notice this when playing sports with balls or multi-task. This is probably one of the primary reasons you tend to break things.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Even though many people struggle with hand-eye coordination their entire lives, there are things you can do to slowly improve yours over time.

  • Sketch, color or paint
  • Play games: while this may not be endorsed by many adults, playing video or online games may dramatically improve your hand eye coordination
  • Do a puzzle (the smaller the pieces is better)
  • Play a sport with a racquet or bat and ball
  • Practice boxing
  • Build or craft something
  • Dribble a basketball (or for foot coordination a soccer ball)
  • Eat your vitamins (Zinc is supposed to help improve hand-eye coordination)

Last but not least you can work on your flexibility. This can be done by stretching, which should cause some discomfort but not pain.

Of course, these are just a few of the many things you can do to improve your coordination, balance, and flexibility by doing so you won’t have as many accidents. While you may be okay with all of the new things you’re getting, your family and friends would probably appreciate spending less money one everything you break on an almost daily basis.

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By Heidi Rothert

Heidi Rothert writes content for clients such as Solar Window & Door location a company that specializes in window replacement, Utah as well as Disaster Clean up companies, the plumbing industry and many more.

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