Exercise of the Month: Balance

Having good balance is important for your quality of life.  Did you realize that you perform a single leg balance with each step you take?  When you walk, you shift your balance from one leg to the other.  So, despite constantly needing to balance as we move throughout our days, people rarely practice balancing.  As we age, our ability to balance declines, so everyone can benefit from practicing balancing.

If you are concerned about falling, stand on a solid surface with a chair or a counter nearby for support.  Standing with your weight evenly distributed between your two feet, close your eyes.  Can you balance for 30 seconds without needing to hold on?  If that’s easy, then move to try these other progressions:

– Standing on one foot, liftthe other off the floor, but not touching your standing leg.  Hold for 30 seconds then switch to the opposite foot.  Still too easy?

– To make it harder, close your eyes while balancing on one foot.  Try to hold again for 30 seconds, or for as long as you can.

– Keep practicing at whatever level provides a good challenge until you can hold the position easily for 30 seconds, then move on to the next progression.

If you have any questions or would like help creating an exercise routine, call L A R Physical Therapy at 410.381.1574 or email admin@larpt.comto schedule an appointment.

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