Brain Activity And Senior Balance Exercises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

  Medical researchers are discovering that there is a substantial link between brain activity and balance abilities, which can be enhanced in older individuals by performing certain senior balance exercises. Please see more information at
Medical researchers have been studying the aging process of older adults. Medical scientists have found that  as a person gets older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. Certain parts of the brain shrink (such as the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus); both areas are important to learning, memory, planning, and other complex mental activities like walking and climbing stairs.  In some people, structures called plaques and tangles develop outside of and inside nerve cells of the brain. which in large amounts, can result in dementia (such as Alzheimer’s disease). Furthermore, many individuals in the aging population experience changes in their memory and cognition. Aside from memory problems, changes in brain activity can influences one’s chances of falling. The ability to keep balance and avoid falling depends not only on leg strength, but also on complex and simple reaction times, known as ‘brain speed’. The faster one’s brain can move between events (identifying a loss of balance and executing a safe alternative to maintain balance), the better off people are in avoiding falls. In other words, when some people fall, their brains may not be keeping up with what is happening and unable to quickly recover from a loss of balance.  People whose brains work hard when trying to complete complex activities (such as walking and talking at the same time) may have a higher risk of falling than those individuals who do both tasks with ease. When elders perform any cognitively demanding task, their brains become more active to handle the challenge. Walking and talking at the same time requires greater attention. Thus, more brain effort is expended, which in some individuals can lead to falling. As a result, medical scientists as well as healthcare professionals recommend that aging individuals practice senior balance exercises on a regular basis to improve their steadiness and reduce their potential for a fall. 

Senior Balance Exercises For Safety With Movements

 Rehearsing senior balance exercises on a daily basis will establish a foundation of necessary stability for all the moving around you do. By performing equilibrium routines at home you will help to both enhance stability as well as cognitive function. Rehearsing steadiness routines also helps to speed up your balance reactions to maximize your safety with walking. As an example, to be safe at home you can practice tandem walking to build good balance reactions with walking. Tandem walking involves walking  heel to toe along a line. While performing tandem walking you will notice that your feet and ankles wobble quite a bit. That wobbling action is actually your natural balance reactions hard at work. By practicing tandem walking, you will develop needed steadiness to walk on a variety of surfaces without losing your balance. By combining senior balance exercises with safety techniques, you will be able to navigate your home safely and avoid falling. You can learn which senior balance exercises to perform by following the direction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn how to perform balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    To maximize stability and brain function,  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 steady by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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