A Balancing Act

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What are you doing to transform your balance? Are you concerned you may not be as steady as you could be? Speak with a doctor and schedule a balance assessment. Try these 5 exercises you can do at home to increase stability and help prevent falls.

At JSL we integrate Tai Chi into our daily exercise routines. This low impact ancient Chinese tradition is a great stress reducer involving gentle movement and stretches to keep your body moving.

Weight shifts provide strength and flexibility. Spread your legs hip-width apart and slowly shift your weight side to side. Lift one foot off the floor and hold. Lift the other foot. Try while standing near a chair or counter top for extra security.

Pretend you are walking on a balance beam by holding your arms up and attempting to walk. Move your feet heel-to-toe for several steps while looking directly in front of you. Focus on moving forward and not looking down to keep yourself steady.

Use a bosu ball, a pillow or air mattress to practice weight shifts on an unstable surface. Do this with a spotter to lend a helping hand.

Close your eyes and try any of the above exercises for an additional challenge. Keep your core engaged. Be proactive and make these 5 simple exercises part of your weekly routine. Whatever your stage of life, being fit and healthy matters. And it is never too late to start.

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