List of balance exercises:This list of exercises can be done anywhere that has a good safe surface like the family room or garage or driveway. Be sure your surface is free of any tripping hazards and that you have enough space around you.
- Rock the boat
- Squat to a chair
- Toe the line
- Flamingo stand
- Back leg raises
- Side leg raises
- Tightrope walk
- Balancing wand
- Wall pushups
- Heel raises
Water Aerobics:Water aerobics are great for seniors because it eliminates the concern about falling on the ground and causes buoyancy which reduces stress on feet, knees and hips. The process of the water moving, pushes on the body which challenges the person to force balance. Improving bone density and helping strengthen muscles are great benefits to water aerobics. There are various water exercises that you can do: aqua jogging, flutter kicking, leg lifts, arm curls and standing water pushups. When a senior is starting out in the pool it’s a good idea to wear water shoes so the feet don’t get scrapped up on the bottom of the pool and be sure to not swim alone. There are classes available for water aerobics at community centers and gyms. Check your local directory for options in your area.
Yoga:Yoga is known to encourage a mind-body stress free experience that combines stretch and strengthening posture. It incorporates breathing and relaxation in a group or private setting. Balance is one of the valuable benefits of yoga that can help seniors be more steady on foot and reduce risk of falls. Special poses can be used for seniors that focus on improving core stability and abdominal muscles. There are different types of yoga that I will discuss more in detail in a future article.
The best balance exercises for seniors can be helpful for every age group. Some additional tips to remember when trying to improve balance are to always maintain an active lifestyle, a healthy weight, participate in strength training activities and be sure to use a walking aid when necessary. When exercising remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
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