Balance Exercises for Seniors

Balance Exercises for Seniors as we age are totally essential.  How often do you hear that someone you know has "had a fall"?

As we get older some of us use walking sticks and frames, which further hastens the decline because we are not exercising the part of our brain that is related to balance.  The walking stick, zimmer frames etc are doing it for you.  So, dont let this happen to you.  It's never too late to improve balance.

First up:  Brain work

Balance happens in the brain. Scientific evidence suggests that our habitual practice of wearing shoes limits the necessary sensory feedback to our brain.

When we walk or exercise bare-footed, our brain receives many different kinds of imput especially on uneven surfaces. Shoes are relatively flat which spreads the stimulus, limiting how touch guides our foot control. 

So, through away your shoes when you walk around the house or out into the garden.  Go to your lovely local park and do the same.  You'll already feel 10 years younger anyway!

Before you go the seniors BALANCE EXERCISE PAGE  at the link, please read the following information. It's important.

Some people look down to their feet while walking which also blocks the stimulus, because we’re not getting information from our brain to our feet and back again. We are also in this case relying on our visual stimulus.

This process is called bio feedback. We need to stop looking down and carefully practice “listening to our feet” so they can re-learn to make a new improved brain map. It’s never too late to improve.



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