10 Balancing Exercises for Baby Boomers

By on May 3, 2012

10 Balancing Excersises for Baby Boomers –

As we age, we may begin to notice changes in our ability to maintain good balance. Balancing issues can result in falls and injuries that can immobilize us. For this reason it’s important to incorporate balancing exercises into our daily routine. Listed below are a few simple exercises that can strengthen muscles to help maintain good balance:

  • Single limb stance. For this exercise, you will need a chair. With one arm on the chair, gently lift one leg and do your best to hold that position as long as possible. Complete this exercise in sets of three to help with your balance. For the best results, do this exercise at least twice a day. It can be a great routine for the morning to get your body up and going.
  • Staggered stance. If you feel comfortable, take the single limb stance a step forward by letting go of the staggered stance for a few seconds. The longer you can stay in one position, the better your balance will become. While you may not be able to do the staggered stance upon initially incorporating the exercise into your routine, as your balance gets better, you will be able to do it.
  • Reaching for the sky. Holding on to a chair, reach as high into the sky as you can. To make this exercise even more beneficial, consider adding small arm weights to your wrists. Get up on your tippy toes if you can. Always use the chair for support as this exercise can easily result in injury if you try to do it without supports.
  • Knee marching. Turn on some music and begin marching around the house. Raise your knees as high as possible to help increase your balance. Balance exercising can be fun if you are willing to make it fun!
  • Heel to toe. Practice walking across your kitchen in a heel to toe manner.  Do this close to your kitchen surfaces so that you can grab on it you need to. You don’t want your exercises to result in injury. Put a line of tape on the floor from one end to the other and practice walking on the line. Do your best to stay straight and to look straight forward. You can even try to balance a book if you get really good at it!
  • Walking. Walking takes balance. Maintain your balance by taking daily walks around the neighborhood. Walking will not only increase your balance it is a heart healthy exercise that will be beneficial for all areas of your life.
  • Maintaining posture. You can improve your balance even when you aren’t actually exercising. Focus on sitting up straight in an effort to maintain your posture. If you are sitting in a chair, be sure that you are sitting up straight. Do the same when walking. Make sure that your posture will support your balance.
  • Dancing. Dancing also takes balance and is a fun activity that elderly enjoy. Join a dancing club at the local senior citizens center. This unconventional exercise can have many rewards, including increasing balance. Do you enjoy dancing? If so, let it help you stay healthy and active.
  • Sit to stand exercise. Standing up from a sitting position takes balance. Use this exercise and practice sitting down and standing up in increments of 10. As with most things, the more you do it, the better you will become at it.
  • Side leg raise. Holding on to a chair, gently lift each leg out to the side as high as you can go. This is great leg exercise and will also promote good balance.

Good balance is crucial to injury prevention that often occurs as people age. It can reduce the chances for a fall and help you to maintain a more active lifestyle. Look at the exercises above as not only a way to improve your balance, but as a way to stay fit and active. Exercise is extremely important as you age and can make a significant difference in all aspects of your life!

This article is written by Marina of 1001WalkingCanes.com an online store to buy fashionable walking sticks.

About Marina Chernyak

Mark Evan Chimsky is editor-in-chief of the book division of Sellers Publishing, which published 65 Things to Do When You Retire. He is the former executive editor and editorial director of Harper San Francisco, has been on the faculty of New York University’s Center for Publishing, and served as the director of the book section of NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute

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10 Balancing Exercises for Baby Boomers