Our ability to balance changes as we age. The thing that doesn’t change is how important balance is. It helps you move easier and prevent falls, broken bones, sprains, and other injuries. Here are some exercises that you can do almost anywhere to maintain or improve your balance.
- Knee bends
Keep your back straight, feet on the ground and gently bend your knees and lower your body. Then, raise your body back up. Repeat 10–15 times.
- Heel raises
Raise up on toes slowly and then lower the heels to the ground slowly. Heel raises strengthen the calf muscles. Repeat 10–15 times.
- Side leg raises
Raise one leg out to the side and bring it back down. Repeat 10–15 times and switch to other leg.
- Sit to stand
Sit in a chair and rise to a standing position with arms stretched in front of you. Make sure the chair is in a stable position or against a wall so it won’t fall over. Sit back down and repeat 10 times.
Not quite strong enough for these exercises? Until you’re stronger, try swimming, riding a stationary bike, or using walking poles while on a hike. If you’re having trouble with your balance, or improving your balance, let your care team know. They’re there to listen and advise, and help you live your healthiest life possible.
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