Work on your balance……now!

Posted 07/11/2014 | By HealthCorps

You’re never too young or too old to improve your balance.  Having good balance protects you from injury, and will help to keep you steady as you move through the decades.  Kids will have fun with these balance exercises; seniors may find them challenging. These exercises will also help you to navigate pregnancy with more “balance assurance,” especially as your belly enlarges. Pregnant women often struggle with the sudden extra baby weight, which can throw off their center of gravity. Here are some basic balance exercises. You can even try to practice some of them when stuck waiting on a line in a store.

  • One legged stands – build up to 45 to 60 seconds on each leg
  • Heel raise – Gently standing on both toes for increasing periods of time
  • Walk barefoot one foot directly in front of the other – keep increasing the distance
  • One legged stand with eyes closed – Your goal is 15 seconds and if you can, work up to a 30 second duration
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