Without BALANCE you will fall.
“Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position comfortably—whether you are walking, climbing stairs, standing or even sitting still.”
Maintaining balance is crucial as we age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly more than one-third of adults ages 65 years and older fall each year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths. Can we train our bodies to maintain balance?
The answer is emphatically, YES! To get all of the benefits of physical activity, we should engage in all four types of exercise — endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. My system utilizes all aspects of physical fitness so that, as we age, we can protect against muscle atrophy, provide energy and a spring in our step, create strength to perform daily tasks, and maintain balance.
What exercises can help with balance? There are many moves which, if done a minimum of twice weekly, can protect balance. Here are five:
These 5 exercises will help improve balance and lower body strength. They include:
-standing on one foot
-walking heel to toe
-back leg raises
-side leg raises
Having good balance is important to help us get around, stay independent, and carry out daily activities. Don’t take your balance for granted!
Photography / Artwork by Tracy Sheppard
NIH Senior Health