Keeping the balance

In a quest for a better quality of life, don’t overlook the importance of balance exercises. Being stable on your feet may help you prevent falls and maintain control of your body, whether you’re moving or still.

You can do balance exercises whenever and wherever you have a few moments. As a balancing beginner, you may want to have something sturdy —  a chair or wall — nearby for support, in case you feel yourself becoming a little unsteady.

Standing on one foot

  1. Stand on one foot.
  2. Hold the position for 10 seconds.
  3. Repeat 10 times.
  4. Switch legs.
  5. Repeat 10 times.

Walking heel to toe

  1. Place the heel of one foot in front of your other foot’s toes. Your heel and toes should touch or almost touch.
  2. Focus on a spot ahead of you.
  3. Take a step, placing your heel just in front of the toes of your other foot.
  4. Take 20 steps in this way.

Balance walking

  1. Raise your arms from your sides to shoulder height.
  2. Focus on a spot ahead of you.
  3. Lift your back leg. Pause for one second before stepping forward.
  4. Walk in a straight line, one foot in front of the other.
  5. Take 20 steps in this way, alternating legs.

Source: National Institutes of Health

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