One of the most dangerous aspects of growing older is losing one’s balance. The worse your balance and footing, the more likely it is that you’ll eventually take a spill and could potentially come to great bodily harm. Broken wrists, broken hips and the like are common injuries incurred in seniors during falls. Today, we’re going over some easy exercises you could try to strengthen your balance and increase your stability. Good footing can save you from serious injury!
Increasing Your Balance
Put one hand on the wall to steady yourself and keep the other to your side. Then, keep your torso straight and keep your feet together, then begin bending at the knees. As you raise back up, lift your heels, so that you’re standing on the balls of your feet as you move. Keep your free arm above your head while you do this, and perform around 4 reps for best balance results.
In the same position as the last exercise, keeping one hand on the wall for stability, lift one leg up and stretch it out in front of your with your toes pointed out. Touch your toes to the floor and keep this position for a few counts. Repeat this with the other leg. Do three or four reps with each leg.
On an exercise mat, get onto hands and knees. Flexing your abdominal muscles, left one of your legs straight back. Point your toes out and keep your leg straight, making sure your back isn’t arched and your abdomen is tight. Hold this pose for a few counts. Then, repeat this process with your other leg. Do four or five reps with each leg.
On an exercise mat, lie on your back and raise your legs both into the air. Flex your abdominal muscles so that your lower body lifts slightly from the exercise mat. Keep your legs straight and your toes pointed straight out. Hold this for about two seconds, and try to keep your legs as straight as possible. Do three sets of eight reps. We recommend incorporating these sets as cooldowns between the other exercises on this list.