Senior Balance Exercises For Prolonged Standing

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 at Many times throughout the week, we find ourselves standing for a long period of time. Often times we have to standing in line at the airport security line,  grocery store or shopping for Christmas presents. Coming soon, many in the younger generation will be standing in line to see the new Star Wars movie. There are some specific stability techniques that can be employed to make your long term standing safer and easier to accomplish. To maximize safe standing, first of all, it is good to know the most important 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 (vision helps 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 turning in the bathroom, 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 appropriately contract 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. For this reason, older individuals are at a greater risk for falling and hurting themselves. 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.

Standing Senior Balance Exercises

   There are a few key senior balance exercises that can be practiced in the comfort of your own home, which will enhance your steadiness and help you with prolonged standing. One equilibrium routine for standing involves standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your body weight centered in the middle of your feet. In this position, you can practice controlling how your body weight shifts forwards and backwards and side to side. This stability technique enhances your overall steadiness as you highlight the connection between the sensory input coming from your feet and the balance center in your brain. You can advance your standing stability routines by performing single leg standing exercises. Single leg standing involves standing near a counter or sink, to hold on if necessary, on one leg. The target goal is to stand on one leg for twenty seconds, three times on each foot. You can learn how to rehearse these senior balance standing exercises and other equilibrium routines by joining in with the demonstration by a qualified 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

    To safely stand for a long 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 safely by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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