Senior Balance Exercises To Age Well

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

  Aging well takes a bit of finesse and can be improved through participating in fitness regimes, healthy eating, practicing senior balance exercises and maintaining an active lifestyle. Please see more information at Our older adults, parents, aunts and uncles and elderly neighbors are often presented with varying advice regarding aging. One such piece of advice includes “now that you are getting older, you are to slow down a bit.” This advice however generally leads to a more sedentary lifestyle which can be very debilitating in the long run. One of the traditional myths of aging is that increasing age should be reflected by a decrease in physical activity. The truth however, is just the opposite. In physical therapy, we like to stick to the popular model that says “use it or lose it”.  From our viewpoint as a healthcare professionals, our bodies function better anatomically, physiologically and neurologically if we continue to be active even in our later years of life. As an example, if we do not use our muscles and bones they become weaker, less responsive, less able to produce necessary force for movement and more apt to fracture or strain if we fall. Another example involves our cognitive abilities. If our brain cells are not systematically involved in cognitive activities, they begin to deteriorate. As a result, older individuals can see a deterioration in their abilities to perform activities of daily living- like cooking, cleaning, driving or climbing stairs-, not because you’re aging but because they ceased to be active and use the physical functions that they have. For this reason, healthcare providers promote general fitness activities, core and leg strengthening exercises and senior balance exercises to be a part of a daily routine for older individuals.

Senior Balance Exercises For Aging Well

    One of the best ways to stay safe  and enjoy activities every day as you age is to perform specific senior balance exercises as part of a fitness program. Staying active can be as simple as going for a daily walk. Walking helps to make sure joints such as knees and ankles stay flexible. Walking also helps to maintain strong leg muscles. Walking is an excellent fitness program for cardiovascular health. Walking also helps to boost morale and overall emotional health like having positive feelings. To perform safe walking, however, it is essential that you practice certain equilibrium routines before you head out on a walk. One such stability exercises that you can practice at Home involves tandem walking. With tandem walking, the goal is to walk along a line in a heel to toe fashion touching the heel of the front foot and the toes of the rear foot together. Tandem walking enhances balance reactions at the feet and ankles which would translate into improved steadiness when you are on a walk. After practicing tandem walking you can transfer your stability skills to walking on the grass, hiking trails or even golf cart paths. You can learn how to rehearse tandem walking correctly by following along with a demonstration of senior balance exercises 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 stay active and healthy in later years,  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

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

For more information see