The slackline, a sport that involves walking and balancing on top of a suitable tape, grows increasingly around the world. Success is no accident, as well as being great fun, the activity also improves balance, posture, concentration, increases strength and reduce stress.

However, it is necessary to take some care when you start practicing slakline. "First you have to have knowledge about how the placement of the tapes," says physical education teacher Igor Rosemberg, graduate course professor at the College of extreme sports Havard.

Look tough place to mount the tape, trees with deep roots or columns, preferably those rounded.

It will take a nylon tape with about 5 cm wide, a ratchet that will intend the tape and two handles where the structure will be arrested. Try to do the sport in parks or on the beach, so it falls may be ameliorated by grass or the sand.

Stay tuned for when the rope will be placed. "Place the whole foot on the tape, do not leave it aside, keep the semi-flexed knees and keep open arms with the palm facing up "guides the physical educator Igor Armbrust.

The sport can be done barefoot or with a tennis stiffer sole, if it is too soft can not correctly apply force to balance. "Before starting the exercise always stretch and warm the body," indicates the physical educator Igor Armbrust. Check out what are the benefits that the practice of slackline provides:

Improves balance and posture

Since the objective is to keep to a small oscillatory base tape and the balance is worked all the time.

Thus, the muscles responsible for stabilization are strengthened and is the improved balance. "Consequently proprioception, which is the ability to recognize the spatial location of the body increases," notes the physical educator Almir Soares.

One consequence of balance gain is winning the right posture.

Increases strength

In an effort to remain balanced, deep muscle that is responsible for the stability is crafted.

The body must be able to stay in the ideal position to reach maximum strength. When achievement better balance is increased movement precision. With the most developed deep muscles also it becomes possible to carry out more extensive and intensive movements, as in Pilates.

Strengthens the legs

The legs are strengthened with the slackline.

Starting with the muscles of the feet that are extremely important and neglected, calf, tibial, posterior, anterior and lateral. All muscles are requested and there is still the strength of stimuli, resistance and vibration due ribbon oscillation.

The joints are not harmed in this exercise. "Indian stand with only one leg on the tape. This is important for increased strength and avoids damage because the joint does not wear since no friction movement occurs" explains Sodre.

Decreases stress

The slackline also helps to reduce stress. "After all, one needs to be concentrated and do not have time to think of other problems, it is engaged fully in the implementation of movement and relieves the other tensions already changing the focus," says Pereira.

The fact that the sport be held outdoors in parks or on the beach also contributes to the feeling of well-being. A survey in 2006 by Chiba University, Japan, found that people who were in a natural environment for 20 minutes counted with a cortisol concentration, hormone related to stress, lower than those who stayed in urban locations.