Stay Balanced

When it comes to health and wellness, balance and coordination might be something we take for granted. It’s involved in many things we do on a daily basis — using the stairs, staying upright on a bus or train, and even just standing and walking. There are various exercises you can do to improve balance and avoid falls.

Exercise regularly. Maintaining a regular exercise schedule is great for many reasons. One of those reasons is improving balance. Strengthening your muscles also increases flexibility and will enable you to be active for longer. To improve balance, you can also wear ankle weights while exercising.

Daily balance routines. When standing in line at the store or walking around your home, try balancing on one foot for 30 seconds. Then, switch to the other foot. In addition, try sitting down and standing up without using your hands. Use caution to avoid falls.

Target the lower body. Do exercises that target your lower back, buttocks, and legs. Great options include leg lifts, knee lifts, squats, toe stands, and leg stretches. Strengthening these muscles will lead to better balance.

Starting with these few additions to your routine can help to improve your balance and avoid falls. These exercises will also impact overall health and quality of life.

“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”   Carol Welch