Balance Exercise for Seniors: There are so many little ways you can challenge your balance. Do you know the best, and it wont cost you a penny. Stand on one foot when your chopping your vegies, hanging out the clothes, putting petrol in your car -anything- challenge it constantly.
But if you want to hurry it along, try these exercises. If you feel that you have extremely poor balance, begin with the first two examples and perhaps you can have a table nearby to grasp if you feel too unsteady.
Balance actually is a very complex phenomenen. It engages the brain through a bio-feedback system. For example if you're having a go at the first exercise below, you'll feel all sorts of muscle activity in your feet.
Your brain is sending muscle contraction signals back to all these small muscles to get working. You're not consciously doing it yourself...
TIP !! ALWAYS do these exercises BAREFOOTED.
This exercise for seniors is a good place to start. Make sure you have something suitable to grasp if needs be such as a sturdy chair. Lift one leg and hold for a count of 10. Then do the same on the other foot.
This balance exercise for seniors is a little more complicated. The reason we twist arms and legs like this is the crossover - left brain & right brain co-ordination which will add to the balance challenge and improve your results.
Then there is a lovely yoga position which will challenge you further – although, try it first on the sand: leave balancing on the log for a little bit longer perhaps......
This balance exercise for seniors exercise is more challenging again. Each times you practice your exercises, try doing them for a little longer.
And then of course, there is plenty of variety using the stability ball. This exercise below begins with your trunk well supported and the ball under the thighs.
As your strength develops, challenge yourself with the ball under your knees, then the lower leg, and when you become very adept, under the feet. Do this progression slowly.
This one is an advance balance exercise for seniors who like a challenge. Try it only when you feel very confident. TIP: The wider your feet are on the ball, the more stability you'll have. It's a long way to fall!