Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Walking

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

  Walking is a common and every day necessity for old as well as young folks and cane be made more steady by practicing senior balance exercises on a regular basis. Please see more detailed information at  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Technically speaking walking is a very complex motor program. Walking involves taking in sensory input from the feet, ankles and lower legs, processing the sensory input in the balance center in the brain. From there, the brain sends a message to the motor cortex to establish an appropriate signal to specific muscles in the legs. This motor command is sent via nerves to the muscles in the legs to stimulate muscles to contract, produce force and create a walking pattern. As you can see, walking is very complex on many levels. In addition, as we age, there are natural changes that occur that can effect the ability to walk smoothly or in a coordinated and balanced fashion. As an example, older individuals generally experience stiffness in their ankles that diminishes their stability and walking abilities. Furthermore, as we age, we often undergo changes that lead to muscle atrophy and weakness. With weaker muscles, sometimes it is more difficult for an aging person to lift their foot high enough to clear a step or a curb. As a result, many senior citizens fall on stairs or curbs. Other changes that can effect walking include having numbness in the feet, which leads to instability and a greater risk for falling. Older people with peripheral or diabetic neuropathy suffer with numbness in their feet, creating a higher possibility of falling. Surprisingly, eye sight can also impact ones’ ability to walk. As we age, most individuals experience a decline in their visual acuity or depth perception. Not being able to see clearly can cause several problems for those in the aging population. For example, many aged folks who suffer with poor vision shuffle their feet, leading to a greater risk of tripping and falling. Furthermore, older persons with low visual acuity often step on objects like a shoe or book on the floor and that can throw them off balance.  So as you can see, there are numerous variables that can effect walking, balance, coordination and the ability to gait without falling. Thankfully, the ability to walk with a steady gait can be enhanced for aging individuals by practicing specific senior balance exercises on a consistent basis.

Senior Balance Exercises For Better Walking

   TO ELEVATE YOUR STABILITY WITH WALKING, HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS RECOMMED THAT YOU PERFORM senior balance exercises EVERYDAY. Walking routines can involve starting at a comfortable, easy pace with your feet in a wider spaced stance. You can make your walking program more difficult by  speeding up your pace with walking. Additionally, you can advance your steadiness skills by trying to walk along a line in a tandem fashion where one foot follows directly in front of the other foot, touching the heel and toe together. The best way to practice these walking routines at home is to follow along  with the Exercise For Balance DVD, developed by a knowledgeable Physical therapist.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To 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

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

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