Finding Your Balance: Some Simple Yet Important Exercises
Balance is one of those things in life that becomes more of a challenge as we age. Many people do regular exercises such as walking, strength or flexibility training, but most of us don’t consider whether the exercises we do are helping maintain our balance.
Try the following exercises three times a week for 15 to 20 minutes. Have a sturdy chair by your side in case you begin to lose your balance. Since everyone’s balance level is different, here are some alterations you can make to try: Instead of holding on with two hand try one hand, two fingers, one finger or not at all. It is important to challenge yourself or you won’t improve, but safety comes first.
5 Stage Tandem Series (Repeat 3 to 5 times – hold each stage for 5 to 10 seconds.)
Pillow Stand (Repeat 3 to 5 times.)
Steps (Perform 10 times on each leg, repeating 1 to 3 times.)
Leg Lifts (Perform 10 times on each leg and repeat 1 to 3 times.)
Single Leg Stance (Repeat 3 to 5 times.)