Senior Balance Exercises For Walking Abilities

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Being safe with walking is a critical factor in helping older individuals life an independent and fulfilled life and can be enhanced by performing certain senior balance exercises. Please see more information at The speed at which older adults walk is not only very important for balance during movement activities, but it has also become a significant predictor of overall risk of falling and being hurt from a fall. To be more specific, if an older individual uses a slow walking speed, shuffling their feet, tripping on the carpet or threshold or lacking the ability to be agile enough to step up accurately on to a step or curb, that senior citizen is more likely to experience a fall and a wrist, hip fracture or blow to the head due to that fall. With a slow walking speed, the older person does not have the coordination to shift their body weight correctly in response to changing surfaces beneath their feet, resulting in another possible fall. Medical professionals like doctors and physical therapists have found a way to easily measure gait speed for those in the aging population to flag individuals who would benefit from practicing walking equilibrium routines.

Senior Balance Exercises For Better Walking

   Older adults can rehearse senior balance exercises to be more stable for all their walking activities. First, you can test how stable you are with walking by testing your gait speed. Start by timing how fast you walk ten feet down a hallway. Try to improve your walking speed over the next several weeks and months. You can increase your walking speed by practicing taking longer steps, picking up your feet as you walk and concentrate on the sense of touch between your feet and the floor as you are stepping. Furthermore, Balance skills can be developed by rehearsing certain equilibrium routines like walking along a line heel to toe. Heel to toe walking, also called tandem walking, can be executed in the comfort of your own home in a hallway or along a counter. By repeated practicing the skill of tandem walking, you will establish strong balance reactions at your feet and ankles, enabling you to safely walk. Once you start to improve you walking speed and balance abilities you can progress to walking outside on uneven terrain like thick grass or hiking trails. You can learn how to perform tandem walking and other senior balance exercises by joining in with the demonstration provided by a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    Don’t wait to experience a fall while you are walking. Instead, 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

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

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