Balance Exercise Tips
As we age, our sense of balance weakens.
To stay balanced, do Balance Exercises Every Week…
And it may be easier than you think…
On This Page:
- How to Improve your balance
- Test to see how balanced you are
- See how long do you need to do balance exercises and how often do you do them
- Modify your exercise as your balance improves
- Safety Tips – be careful
- Informative Books and Helpful Equipment For You
First things first…
Watch this YouTube Balance Video
|Beginner – 1st 5 minutes||Advanced – Skip to minute 5 of video…|
How to Improve Your Balance
If you think you need Balance Exercises, you probably do. Check our Balance Exercises page to see how to begin. As you progress your lower-body strength exercises will improve your balance or your balance may already be good enough that you don’t have to start there. See if you can easily do those exercises.
After you progress from beginner be sure to check out the Bosu Ball or a Balance Ball. When I complained about my balance, my trainer incorporated a balance ball into my workout and it’s been great! See our Balance Exercises page for a good Balance Board Exercise.
A simple test…
Time yourself as you stand on one foot without support for as long as possible. Be sure to stand near something to grab onto when you’ve reached your limit. Record the time. Repeat while standing on your other foot. Perform Balance Exercises and test again in a month.
If needed, these beginner exercises can get you started, and your lower body strength exercises will also help improve your balance. To get the Balance exercises you need, once you are ready, be sure to incorporate a bosu or balance ball.
Bosu or Balance Ball?
Work these into your weekly exercise routine. I recently saw someone doing amazing exercises with an upside-down Bosu and can’t wait to progress to that level!
Also note that these exercises can be done at home at any time. You don’t need a gym, but a Bosu ball or Balance Board are great (see products above) for when you are ready to kick it up a notch and go to the next level.
How much and how often?
You can do balance exercises almost anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like. You do not need to warm up or wear special clothing to do balance exercises. Also try lower-body strength exercises because they can help improve your balance.
Do lower-body strength exercises 2 or more days a week but not on any 2 days in a row.
Modify as You Progress
Challenge yourself as you progress. Start by holding on to a sturdy chair for support. With time, see how many seconds you can balance without holding on. If you are really steady on your feet, try doing the exercise with your eyes closed.
Exercises that will improve your balance includes lower body strength exercises, such as back leg raises, side leg raises, and hip extensions.
The exercises on the Balance Exercise Page can improve your balance even more if you change your exercises as you progress. For example, if you think you have advanced beyond beginner, try the intermediate exercises on the Balance Exercise Page. Use a Bosu ball to keep it interesting they are a lot of fun!
If it’s ok with your Doctor, give some of these balance exercises a try.
- Have a sturdy chair or a person nearby to hold on to if you feel unsteady.
- Talk with your doctor if you are unsure about doing a particular exercise.
Balance accessories you might like:
Books & Equipment you may also like…
Or check out Activewear for Men and Women to shop for exercise apparel…
Check out these books and equipment on Amazon to help you keep your balance!
Great Balance Products on Amazon that you can buy now:
|Exercises for Better Balance
by William Smith
5 Step Balance Book
|TAI CHI for Beginners|
|Balance Wobble Cushion|
|Balance Board Workouts||Balance Disc|