How long can you balance on one foot?

by Yancey Grantham

Hi, I’m Yancey and I’m currently standing on one foot. It’s not easy to type this way, OK; now I’m sitting down. 🙂

This game comes from Bruce Lee’s Tao of Jeet Kune Do.

Cheryl, hanging in the kitchen, on one foot.Get your energy flowing then balance on one foot and see how long you can last before you have to catch yourself. Switch to the other foot and retest.

Exercising your physical balance can help with your personal energy balance.

Bruce lists several ways to exercise while doing everyday activities. This is similar to why I’m doing this blog, to find and show ways to use personal energy in everyday situations.

Here is the list that Bruce provides in his book, the Tao of Jeet Kune Do:

Preliminaries – Everyday opportunities for exercises
# Take a walk whenever you can — like parking the car a few blocks away from your destination.
# Avoid taking the elevator; climb the stairs instead.
# Cultivate your quiet awareness by imagining an opponent attacking you — while you are sitting, standing, or lying down, etc. — and counter that attack with various moves. Simple moves are the best.
# Practice your balance by standing on one foot to put your cloths or shoes on — or simply stand on one foot whenever you choose. —Bruce Lee1

While proofreading this, my friend wrote back:

Ah, Grasshopper….when you can stand on one foot and tie the shoe on the raised foot without falling, you will have achieved perfection. – Karen Summerlin

Key Points

  • Find ways to exercise in everyday situations
  • Find ways to use your chi in everyday situations
  • Find opportunities for practicing your balance

Self Talk
I find ways to exercise myself and my energy in everyday situations. I am balanced and full of energy. I can stand on one foot for as long as I want.


  1. Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Ohara Publications, Inc.; Reprint edition (October 1, 1975), p. 27, Preliminaries, Training []

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Swami Sri Nabuji November 15, 2009 at 7:08 PM

I really loved how cantankerous the “Standing on one foot” read was. You are a joy dear soul. In India at Ashram 1985-1995 we would move into Tree pose or standing on one foot for hours. Then the other. It is quite a workout! Really for the mind, as it teaches QUIET. Your BLOG is very up. BRAVO my friend. Joy & Health to you. Now in 2009 having returned from a pacific tour, I ready my self for my 2010 Paris Art show. I not only teach yoga, I paint with green self made paints that are kind to the earth.

OM Shanti,
Swami Sri Nabuji

Yancey Grantham November 15, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Hey Swami Sri Nabuji!

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. I’ve enjoyed our interactions on Twitter!
(Follow Swami Sri Nabuji on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SriNabuji)

Vanessa January 3, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Wow Yancey! These are actually things that I can do and not feel like I am overwhelmed. And, for the most apart I did not feel like I was even exercising. Thanks for the helpful information, because I have gain 20lbs since I lost my job.

Sri Nabuji April 2, 2010 at 12:02 PM

This Blog rocks!!! I shall stay on one foot till 2012, JAI GURU DEVA….. OMmmmmmmm

Lovingly,
Sri Nabuji

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