Senior Balance Exercises For Older Adults

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

  More and more we are seeing older adults live longer and in order to stay healthy they need to keep up their active lifestyle by participating in senior balance exercises and leg strengthening exercises. Please see more information at  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Nowadays, as a physical therapist,  I see many elders who are ‘superagers’. These are people typically in their 60s and 70s (occasionally in their 80s) who exercise hard every day; some run or lift weights, others swim or bicycle.  Consequently, the physical agility of superagers isn’t merely above average for their age, but is on par with healthy, active 50-year-olds. But superagers have one health concern in common; they tell me that their balance isn’t what it used to be, in fact, it has become quite wobbling.  As we age, balance declines. There is no single reason for this. Balance is a multifactor operation that involves vision, the inner ear equilibrium system called the vestibular system and sensory input from the feet and ankles when in a standing position. As a result, as folks age, they experience changes in their eyesight, inner ear responsiveness, core and leg muscle sterength, joint mobility and sensory input that effects overall steadiness. Furthermore,   physical changes in the processing system in the brain, all play a role. You can be otherwise perfectly healthy, without any diseases, but still unable to maintain necessary balance. With that in mind, despite having a rigorous exercise program, many superagers are at fall risk; and some do fall with awful consequences (fractures of the wrist or hip, head injuries, injuries to muscles and tendons, restricted mobility, fear of falling, loss of independence with activities of daily living, etc.).   For that reason, medical professionals like doctors, nurses and therapists recommend that aging individuals practice senior balance exercises on a regular basis to develop necessary stability and avoid falling.

Senior Balance Exercises For Superagers

    Older individuals who are still active physically need to boost their stability abilities by performing senior balance exercises in combination with leg strengthening routines. Balance exercises and balance training help older folks maintain stability with standing activities, especially as they perform needed leg strengthening routines. By combining equilibrium routines with leg strengthening exercises, those in then older generation will be able to maximize their leg strength for typical daily activities. As an example, if you try to rise from a chair with your balance point tilted back then your leg muscles typically do not have the power to lift you up to standing and you could easily fall backwards. On the other hand,  If you center your balance point of your body weight forwards, you engage the big muscles in the back of your legs (Gluteal and Hamstring muscles) which are powerful muscles that help you raise up to standing. doing a series of sitting to standing exercises will help develop strength in your leg muscles. You can learn how to rehearse both leg strengthening routines and senior balance exercises by joining in with the exercises presented in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    For all superagers, 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

Superagers should start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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