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Get ready to fly: Try this rail balancing move

Many exercises require balance, and Michael "Frosti" Zernow, a Parkour athlete and instructor, focuses on that skill in this rail balancing move. Parkour is made up of many skills, each of which contributes to the ability to "fly" through the air.

What it does

This move is not so much a workout as it is a way to train yourself to stay controlled and keep your balance. You'll hone your recovery ability and your sense of where your body is in space.

How to do it

Find a fence or narrow wall a few feet off the ground, get up and try to walk along it, stretching out and adjusting the placement of your arms to retain your balance. If you're a beginner, start with rails or walls close to the ground, preferably surrounded by a soft landing such as sand or turf. You can also use something to help you stay balanced, such as another rail or a nearby wall.

How much

To test your developing balance skills, see how long you can stay balanced on the rail. If you can walk up and down it for 30 seconds, you're doing great.

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