When we grow older, balance might not be the top concern on our minds. However, the ability to balance is actually very important to remain mobile and independent. Not only that, if you are planning to go about other physical activities and exercises, then the balance is a very key component to having good form and endurance.
In fact, balance isn’t just about trying to walk on a tightrope. Balance is also important for your daily activities like walking on an uneven path, confidently walking down and up flights of stairs, and even standing on tiptoes to get something off a high ledge without falling. Being able to have that enhanced feeling of stability will allow you to better do the things you love.
Here are some of the best balance exercises for the elderly to improve their balance.
This might not even seem like an actual exercise, but they are a beneficial activity to try. Begin by standing straight with your hips in line with your feet. Then, slowly rotate your head from side to side and then down and up. Continue to do so for 30 seconds. If you begin to feel dizzy or disoriented, consider sitting down to do the activity.
Other than balance, this exercise has many other benefits like improving your posture, easing tension in your neck, and even increasing the mobility of your neck.
Rock the Boat
Rocking the boat sounds like a nursery rhyme, but this simple exercise can really help your postural balance when standing. To start, stand with your legs in line with your hips. Make sure that you are standing on solid ground. Next, lift up one leg at a time and hold that position for 30 seconds. You can choose to either hold your leg to the back or to the side. Repeat with the other leg and complete at least five repetitions on both sides. If you feel disoriented or dizzy at any point, it is also ok to use a chair, cane, or any other kind of solid surface. If you need more support, you can choose to hold onto your leg and if you need a more challenging variation, you can also hold out your leg in mid-air.
This is a modified version of a squat using a chair to facilitate safety. It is as simple as it sounds, start by standing in front of a chair and slowly sit down. Rest, and then proceed to stand up. Practice this movement for at least 10 repetitions. If you need extra support, you can hold on to a solid table or a cane. If you are comfortable and confident of progressing, you can start doing full squats instead.
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