The slackline is a sport in which the person needs to balance under a narrow ribbon and flexible which is tied a few inches from the floor. In this way, the main benefit of this sport consists in the improvement of balance, since it is not possible to stay on top of the tape without a good ability to balance.
However, there are many other benefits related with the practice of this sport, such as muscular development, correction of the posture or improvement of concentration and focus, for example.
In fact, the benefits of the slackline are already recognized since ancient times, being practiced in most ancient cultures of Greece and, currently, this sport has been practiced by a growing number of people all over the world.
1. Improves balance
This is the benefit most evident in the use of the slackline, because as the tape used is narrow and flexible, it is very difficult to maintain balance without falling. So, this is a sport perfect to avoid the loss of balance that comes naturally with age and that increases the risk of falls that may cause serious injury.
2. Increases the body strength
To maintain the correct balance of the body on top of the slackline the muscles of the whole body, especially the core and legs, need to stay constantly contracted. This way the muscle fibers are well stimulated and the difernetes muscles of the body become more strong.
3. Corrects posture
As it is necessary to keep the legs more stable than the upper part of the body, it is possible to learn about the distribution of forces and weight of the own body, which improves posture in day-to-day.
In addition, with the improving balance and increase strength in the muscles of the core and back, it becomes easier to maintain an alignment of the spine, reducing back and neck pain, for example.
4. Improves concentration, focus and memory
When stepping on the tape slackline, she begins to be promoted very much and, therefore, it is necessary to keep a lot of concentration to be able to stay on top and not fall. This exercise in concentration, the brain train several of your skills, being more efficient over time.
According to a study done with people who regularly practice slackline, the relationship between the sport and brain development is so strong, that in addition to the concentration, it is also possible to gain more memory and improve the ability to learn.
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5. Promotes social interaction
The slackline is a very entertaining that can be done with friends, since it guarantees several hours of fun. In addition, the presence of friends allows you to overcome the own limits, which helps create bonds of friendship even stronger.
The price of the slackline
The price of the slackline is approximately 100 real, however the value can vary according to the length and the width of the tape, as well as the amount of accessories included.
The equipment necessary to make the slackline can be purchased at any store that sells materials for sport.
Tips for beginners
For those who never experienced the slackline, climb up to the top of the tape can seem very daunting and almost impossible, however, some tips can help you more quickly get the hang of. Some of these tips are:
- Do not look at your feetinstead keep the vision focused on a point in front and in the line of the eyes, and let your balance control to the feet;
- Keep your legs relaxed, because the more contracted the muscles, the more the tape will move;
- Let the knees slightly bent, since it is easier to keep balance this way;
- Practice for at least 20 minutes, as this is the time required for the brain to learn to coordinate all the necessary functions for walking the slackline.
For those who are starting the practice of this sport is still recommended to keep the tape from the slackline a few inches from the ground, since it is easier to control the fear, and there is less risk of injury, because falls are guaranteed.