Stay Upright With Senior Balance Exercises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Performing senior balance exercises on a regular basis will not only improve your steadiness and reduce your risk for falling, but it will also help you maintain adequate posture. Please see more information at Posture is basically our body alignment and how we carry ourselves in all positions including standing, walking and sitting. A good upright posture will enhance stability with all movements. A poor, forward bent posture will lead to imbalance, falls, back, neck and shoulder pain, decreased range of motion at key joints, loss of muscle strength and flexibility and generalized stiffness. As you age, there are several factors that can affect your posture. Understanding these factors can help you identify the reasons why your posture is poor and help you make necessary postural changes:
•    Poor mobility can decrease your muscle strength and prevent you from maintaining the proper posture as you sit, stand and walk.
•    Injuries may prevent you from standing or sitting properly. They may also affect the muscles that support your spine and keep your body aligned.
•    A sedentary lifestyle weakens muscles that support your spine and back.
•    Health conditions such as obesity or osteoporosis affect your ability to sit and stand properly.
•    An unsupportive mattress or the wrong footwear may affect your spine and posture.
•    Poorly designed workspaces can affect your posture as you sit or stand.
Here are several tips on how to maintain correct posture
•    Stand with your head held high, your shoulders back and your chest out.
•    Stretch every 20 minutes if you sit for the majority of the day.
•    Set up an ergonomic workstation at your desk. Support your feet with a stool so that your knees are even with your hips, place the computer monitor 15 degrees below your eye level and use an ergonomic chair.
•    Lift with your legs. Always stand close to the object, squat, lift straight up and carry the object close to your body.
•    Avoid twisting or bending when you reach for something.
•    Support your back when you ride in a car. The seat should be adjusted so your knees are higher than your hips.
•    Sleep on your side. Keep your knees bent, and support your head so that it’s level with your neck. Additionally, you can rehearse senior balance exercises that include postural alignment strategies to develop both needed steadiness and excellent posture.

Posture And Senior Balance Exercises

    Specific senior balance exercises will help develop upright posture and stability when you are either sitting or on your feet. The first tip is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your body weight centered in a balance point in the middle of your feet. In this position, adopt an upright alignment of good posture.  Equilibrium routines practiced on a consistent basis can help a person find their center balance point while performing common daily functional routines like cooking in the kitchen or brushing teeth in the bathroom. Stability exercises can keep a person from pitching forwards and falling when they get up out of a chair by learning to control their body weight as they move. Furthermore, dynamic balance routines can assist a person to be more steady and safe as they go up and down stairs. These stability routines need to be rehearsed regularly in order to develop the strong balance reactions at the feet and ankles, establish strong leg muscles needed for steadiness and enhance the necessary connections between the brain and the body that are involved in stability.  Now there is an excellent tool that can be used in the comfort of your own home to improve steadiness. To learn specific balance techniques and senior balance exercises developed by an experienced Physical Therapist, get the Exercise For Balance DVD to use at home on a daily basis and overcome your balance problems.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To keep upright posture with movement activities,  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

Start posture and balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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