Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Cooking

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   As the Summer heats up, many of us will be heading outdoors for wonderful barbequing, which may necessitate practicing a few senior balance exercises before starting to play with fire. Please see more information at Many activities of barbequing require steadiness and adequate balance to walk while carrying food, bend up and down while lighting the BBQ and turning in various directions. Whether it’s a gathering in the park to grill or a church BBQ on Sunday afternoon, summer cookouts can be lots of fun. But cookouts are also a great way for older adults to stay healthy during the summer. From socializing with friends and chasing the grandchildren to enjoying fresh, nutritious food from your local grocery store or farmers market, this beloved activity is jam-packed with mental and physical wellness opportunities. To ensure your cookouts this season are both fun and safe, here are a few tips from the USDA.

A cookout can be a healthy choice in the summer. Here are a few tips for kicking up the nutrition without missing out on any of the grilling action.
  • Grill fruits and veggies: Toss some tomatoes, pineapple, or even your full ear of corn right on the grill. The heat will enhance the flavors, but be careful not to overcook them.
  • Pick the right meat: Lean proteins are both better for you and easier to grill. Meats high in fat can lead to flare ups as the fat drips on the flames.
  • Skewer the meat: Making a kabob is an easy way to cut down on cooking time, control serving sizes, and make your grandkids at least try their veggies.
  • Kick up the flavors: If the smoky taste of grilled meat isn’t enough for you, there’s always a marinade.
    • Some favorite marinade ingredients include wines, vinegars, lemon or lime juice, low-sodium soy sauce, honey, garlic, onions, herbs, and spices.
    • Remember that less is more if it’s a high-sugar or high-fat sauce.
    • Don’t use marinade that has had uncooked meat in it as a sauce.
      In addition to enjoying great tasting food, healthcare professionals recommend that older folks perform certain senior balance exercises before cooking out to be able to stay safe with all the challenging movements that occur with barbequing.

Senior Balance Exercises For Summer Fun

    Before heading out to the grill with your plate of burgers, it is recommended that you practice senior balance exercises to build your steadiness and limit any possibility of losing your balance and falling or losing your burgers. To develop necessary stability, you can start with one equilibrium routine called tandem walking where you walk along a line heel to toe. Tandem walking develops the balance reactions that are needed for walking outdoors on various surfaces. you can progress a tandem walking routine by walking along a line while you hold an object in your hands. That will challenge your steadiness to a greater level. You can learn how to perform tandem walking and other senior balance exercises by following along with 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

    To be safe this summer, 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

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

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