Balance Exercises Help Keep The Balance System In Shape

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

By practicing balance exercises on a daily basis, older adults and athletes are able to move with optimal steadiness. Please see Because our balance system is so complex, researchers are finding out more and more details of how our equilibrium works. Kelly Frank, researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, and others have been able to determine some of the components of balance including:
– Vision: our eyes tell us what is going on in the environment around us
– Inner Ear: the Vestibular system in the inner ear detects every movement that we make
– Proprioception: the sensory receptors in every muscle, ligament and tendon tell us where we are in space and how we are moving
– Cerebellum: the area of the brain that assimilates motor information and sends out appropriate messages to the muscle for proper firing
All this complex information is transmitted to the balance region of the brain, integrated and relayed to the correct muscles. Researchers now know that people’s bodies continually make miniscule adjustments to stride length, step speed, trunk alignment and balance reactions at the ankles during a simple walking pattern. Unfortunately, as we age, the components that make up the complex balance system also age, which leads to diminished stability and a greater risk for falling. As you can see, it is imperative to continue with balance exercises on a consistent basis to keep every balance skill working at its optimal level of function.

Balance Exercises Assist In Preventing Falls

Performing balance exercises every day is critical for improving balance and reducing the risk and incidence of falling. Since the speed and strength of balance reactions at the ankles diminish in later years, it is essential to practice equilibrium routines that stimulate normal balance reactions. One such stability exercises involves standing with one foot in front of the other with a narrow base of support. The  narrow alignment forces the ankles to respond to minute weight shifting with quick corrective movements, enabling you to establish strong balance reactions. you can practice these balance reactions and many others in the comfort of your own home with the exercise for balance dvd, developed by an experienced physical therapist.


Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To keep your balance system working at its optimal functioning level, begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The comprehensive Balance DVD is designed for simple use at home or in a group setting. The step by step DVD is loaded with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, balance techniques and balance routines from a balance trainer (licensed Physical Therapist) who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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Get ahead of the imbalance curve by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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