Senior Balance Exercises For Election Day

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Having adequate stability while standing for long periods of time can be facilitated through practicing certain senior balance exercises as well as rehearsing specific steadiness techniques. Please see more information at Well, today is the day that many people may find themselves standing in a long line as election day is finally upon us. I think we have all been waiting for this day to come… for many reasons. But- to make this day as safe as possible for older adults or those folks with impaired balance, it is essential to know how to implement certain stability techniques to stay on your feet while you wait in line to vote. First of all, it is good to know the components of our balance system to be able to maximize our stability skills. The balance system is a very complex set of sensory inputs from three main components. The sensory inputs that enter the brain to help with our balance comes from our eyes (which help us see the environment we are moving in, like are we walking on carpet or thick grass), our inner ear vestibular system ( detects how we are moving, like are we getting up from a chair or going down stairs) and the sense of touch between our feet and the floor (like is our weight shifted forwards in our toes and are we about to fall over). The sensory inputs are processed in the balance center in the brain. Once that information is processed, the brain sends a corresponding message to the muscles to fire in response to how our balance is doing. Unfortunately, as we age the sensory inputs are less exact, the brain processing takes more time and often the motor response in the muscles is weaker. As a result, older adults or individuals with balance disorders are encouraged to practice senior balance exercises and stability techniques to enhance their overall steadiness and to minimize their risk for falling.

Senior Balance Exercises

   By rehearsing senior balance exercises on a regular basis, you will be able to stand for long periods of time without losing your upright position. On a day like today where many older individuals will be standing in long lines to cast their vote, it is important to perform specific By practicing senior balance exercises on a regular basis, you will be able to stand for long periods of time without losing your steadiness. One example of a stability exercises that you can do in the comfort of your own home is single leg standing routines. The safest way to practice a single stance exercise is to stand near a sink, counter or table that you can hold onto if need be. Next, you can stand on one foot for approximately twenty seconds. The goal is to perform three single leg standing exercises on each foot. While you rehearse this single standing routine, you will notice that your ankles are wobbling a bit. The wobbling at your ankles is your natural balance reactions responding to this light shifting of your body weight over your foot. By practicing this single leg standing routine on a regular basis, you will develop strong and fast balance reactions at your feet and ankles, which will help you stand for long periods of time when needed. You can learn how to do a single leg standing routine as well as other senior balance exercises by joining in with the instruction of a knowledgeable physical therapist in the exercise for balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    Before standing for long periods of time,  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

Stand steady by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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