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The Balancing Act, Part II

As we learned last week, balance is a combination of physical strength in our muscles and joints as well as our eyes and ears, all working together to help us stay upright.  Whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to become steadier on your feet, there are daily activities you can do to improve and maintain your balance.  There are also balance exercises that you can do to strengthen your balance.
Steps you can take at home to improve your balance:

  • Stay active. It is important to keep your muscles and joints active and strong.  Do what is within your range of motion and strength each day to move around.
  • Start your morning off with a good stretch.  Also, before and after you exercise to help strengthen your muscles. 
  • Keep up with your medical attention. Get your eyes checked regularly and see your health care provider for regular check-ups.
  • Wear supportive shoes. Shoes that fit and provide good support are necessary for everyday balance.

Simple balance exercises:

  • Stand on one foot (hold onto support as needed).
  • Lifting your leg back behind you (hold onto support in front of you).
  • Tightrope walking (walk one foot directly in front of the other).
  • Crab walking (take steps to one side).

As with all new exercises, start small and increase as you grow stronger.  Always seek medical advice from your healthcare professional before beginning or changing your exercise routine.  The more you practice these exercises the better you balance will become.  Check out these resources for more balance exercises to try!

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