Senior Balance Exercises For Flu Season

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

  As the school season ramps up for the younger generation, one preparation we can do ahead of the oncoming flu season is to practice specific senior balance exercises to improve steadiness and minimize the effects of influenza. Please see more information at For older individuals, getting the flu can mean a decrease in activity level, generalized weakness and greater risk for falling. Fall is a peak time for influenza. According to healthcare professionals, the flu virus leads to a range of symptoms. For many, the flu results in a week of coughing, congestion, muscle pains, and fevers. For others, such as those frail elders with several chronic health conditions, the flu can lead to dizziness and falling, and worse yet, hospitalization or death. The flu is easily transmitted between people. The Center For Disease Control reports that the flu virus spreads through small droplets in the air that are created when infected people cough, sneeze, or even talk. An individual may not even realize that they have or are spreading the flu because the virus can be present before becoming ill and continues up to seven days after feeling sick. There are several steps to avoid the flu which can include:
•    Keeping homes clean and sanitary. Clean surfaces that are often touched, such as cell phones, remote controls, door handles, etc.
•    Washing your hands with soap and water throughout the day.
•    When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth with your arm rather than your hand. This is a better way to trap the germs and prevent passing a potential disease along to others. 
 Additionally, you can prepare ahead of time to establish adequate stability through performing senior balance exercises to help boost your overall steadiness and minimize the possibility of a fall even if you are not feeling well.

Practice Senior Balance Exercises Before Flu Season

  One of the ways to stay steady and avoid falling during flu season is to prepare by rehearsing senior balance exercises beforehand.  one of the key components to achieving success with equilibrium routines is to practice the exercises on a regular basis. By performing stability exercises every day, you will be able to train your balance system as well as strengthen specific muscles in the legs and trunk area that are necessary for good equilibrium. You can rehearse static and dynamic standing balance exercises for senior citizens such as tandem standing. In tandem standing, you position your feet one right directly behind the other along a line. You want to stand in this position for 20 seconds. Your goal should be to hold this tandem stance position for the twenty seconds,  with three repetitions with each foot forwards. Practicing this single leg standing exercise will help develop strong balance reactions at your feet and ankles which can translate into enhanced steadiness with all walking and standing routines. You can learn how to perform senior balance exercises correctly by following the direction of a knowledgeable physical therapist in the exercise for balance DVD.

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    Before flu season hits,  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

Before flu season hits, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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