Good Footwear For Senior Balance Exercises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

  When practicing senior balance exercises or other fitness regimes, it is important to wear sturdy, well fitting shoes. Please see http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Far too often, older adults get in the habit of wearing slippers at home and loose fitting shoes for exercise, which can lead to slips, trips and falls. Having good snuggly fitting shoes can help enhance balance and minimize the possibility of a fall. Here are some tips for making sure your shoes fit:
  • Shoe size may change as you age, so always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The best time to measure your feet is at the end of the day when your feet are largest.
  • Most of us have one foot that is larger than the other. Make sure your shoes fit your larger foot.
  • Don’t buy shoes without trying them on first. Shoe sizes can vary depending on the kind, make, and style. For example, the size you wear for sneakers may not be the same size you need for dress shoes.
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they feel right. The heel of the shoe should not slide up and down when you walk.
  • Choose a shoe that is shaped like your foot. Styles with high heels or pointed toes can hurt your feet.
  • Stand up when trying on shoes to make sure there is about 1/2 inch between your toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Make sure the ball of your foot fits comfortably into the widest part of the shoe.
  • Don’t buy shoes that feel too tight and hope they will stretch.
  • The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material.
  • Soles should give solid footing and not slip. Thick soles cushion your feet when walking on hard surfaces.
  • Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer, and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.
        In addition to wearing good shoes, you can increase your stability by performing certain senior balance exercises every day.

Wear Sturdy Shoes For Senior Balance Exercises

   Most senior balance exercises are rehearsed in the standing position, which lends to wearing sturdy, well fitting shoes. If you try to perform equilibrium routines in slippers you will lack the support that is needed for good balance. As an example, one equilibrium routine is standing on one foot. With this single leg standing routine, you want a snug fitting shoe to add maximal support. You can discover how to perform single leg standing routines and other senior balance exercises  by following the direction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDbalance exercises

    Be sure to wear sturdy shoes as you get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

Wear sturdy shoes when starting balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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