Wednesday Workshop – Building Up Your Loved Ones Balance
Hello and welcome to our Wednesday Workshop. Balance is your ability to maintain your center of gravity over your base support and it’s important for everyone. We learn a lot about balance from riding bikes in our youth. Unfortunately, most older adults don’t spend time thinking about their balance until they fall or injure themselves.
You really don’t need any fancy equipment to start building up your loved one’s balance. Here are a few exercises you both can do at home to improve balance.
- Adjust Your Base of Support
When you’re standing up, your legs are your base of support. The wider your legs are, the wider your base of support is and it’s easier to balance. When your legs are closer together, the harder it is to balance. One of the easiest ways to challenge and improve your balance is to narrow your base of support while performing simple exercises such as bicep curls, shoulder raises or squats.
- Try Using Only One Leg
Once you’ve mastered step 1, you’re ready for step 2 – balancing on one leg. This is a little more risky for the elderly but if you’re loved one feels confident enough, then go for it but try this on a carpeted floor. Start by lifting one foot slightly off the floor. Use your stretched out arms to assist and hold for as long as possible. As you both get better, lift the other foot. From there, you can play around with trying different simple exercises on one leg.
- Close Your Eyes
Your sense of vision has a lot to do with your balance. Start by standing up tall and closing your eyes without moving. Over time, combine the narrow base of support with some one-leg balances while closing your eyes. This technique is the most challenging so be very careful when doing it with your aging loved one. Always practice safety first!
By using these tips and really paying attention to your body, you and your loved one should notice improvements in your balance, core strength, posture and it will help lower your risk of falls in the future.
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