The easy description of balance is the ability to distribute your weight in a way that lets you stand or move without falling, or recover if you trip. But how important it is in our daily lives.
As we get older, falling becomes a more serious problem. Balance falls into the same “use it or lose it” category that you associate with movement. There are many things you can do to maintain your muscle strength and flexibility as you age.
Here are some exercises you can do to enhance your balance.
- Stand on one leg – try doing this while you are doing some chores.
- Balance on a wobble board or Bosu board – these are a few gym pieces designed to challenge your stability.
- Take a Tai Chi class or yoga class – these are good exercise forms that are great to increase your balance and stability.
- Walk Heel to Toe – The same “sobriety test” used by law enforcement also improves balance.
- Do squats – Sturdy legs can help prevent a stumble from turning into a fall? Aim for 3 sets of 10 with a 1 minute break after each set.
- Get a good night’s rest. Sleep more than 7 hours a night. Sleep deprivation slows reaction time which can be directly related to falls.
So put some of this balance exercise into practice and head outside to your local park and work on some balance drills.