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3 Exercises to Improve Balance

Balance is crucial to maintaining your health as you age. It assists with preventing falls and subsequent injuries.

Here are 3 exercises you can try today to begin strengthening your balance.

Always speak to your doctor to make sure this activity is right for you!

Tightrope Walk

  • In a standing position, place one hand against a wall to maintain balance. Start walking forward slowly, with your feet moving heel to toe as if you’re on a tightrope. Look directly ahead as you walk in a straight line.

Side Step

  • Stand with your feet together, and keep your knees slightly bent. Place one hand against the wall to maintain balance.

  • Slowly step to the side with one foot, and then bring the other foot to join.

  • Continue sidestepping for ten to 15 steps in each direction.

Flamingo Stand

  • Stand facing a wall with your feet shoulder-width apart and both hands outstretched and touching the wall.

  • Slowly raise one leg, and hold for a count of ten. Repeat with the other leg. As you improve your balance with the exercise, try it without touching the wall. To increase the difficulty, close your eyes as you hold your raised leg.

Safety Precautions

As with any physical activity, safety is key. Be sure to wear comfortable and close-fitting clothing. Avoid pants that are too long or wide at the ankles, which may cause tripping.

With any balance activity, maintaining a point of contact (such as a wall or high-backed chair). This will help maintain your stance and keep you steady as you improve.

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