Senior Balance Exercises Help Maximize Steadiness

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.comready for balance exercises

   Don’t let the fear of falling stop you in your tracks. Instead, enhance your stability with a daily dose of senior balance exercises. Please see Unfortunately, for older individuals the fall rate frequency is very high. Medical researchers have noted that the expectancy of a fall for a person over sixty years old is approximately one in three. That averages out to about twenty million senior citizens falling every year in the United States. Furthermore, once a person falls they often become increasingly afraid of falling, which leads to a downward spiral of immobility, leg and trunk weakness and a greater fear of a fall. On the other hand a regular routine of senior balance exercises can not only improve balance abilities, but balance training can also strengthen the inner confidence we have to stay on our feet and avoid falling.   As you may already know from first hand experience, when you go through the traumatic event of falling, you are often left with a paralyzing fear of falling again. Think about it. Falling and incurring an injury from a fall like a broken hip, wrist, bruised head can be debilitating. Additionally, a fall can result in overwhelming fear of falling, destroying our very confidence to stay on our feet. That fear of falling can translate into not wanting to do anything active, not wanting to take a walk outdoors, or even not wanting to try to go up or down stairs. Thankfully, there is help to overcome that fear of falling through stability exercises.

Practice Senior Balance Exercises Every Day

   Senior Balance exercises and fear of falling have been a recent topic of research to help encourage us. Büla C.J., Monod S., Hoskovec C. and Rochat S. in their excellent study, Interventions aiming at balance confidence improvement in older adults, looked at balance exercises and balance confidence.  Loss of balance confidence is a frequent condition that affects 20-75% of community-dwelling older persons. Although a recent fall is a common trigger, loss of balance confidence also appears independent of previous experience with falls. Researchers have found that Maintaining or improving balance confidence is important to avoid unnecessary, self-imposed restrictions of activity and subsequent disability. Holding another person’s hand or using an assistive device while walking are simple interventions that are used naturally to address poor balance confidence in daily life. However, more complex interventions have also been developed and tested to achieve more sustained improvement in balance confidence.  Results: Five of the 8 interventions that directly targeted balance confidence showed benefits. Interventions that targeted elderly persons reporting poor balance confidence and/or those at risk for falls seemed more likely to be beneficial. Conclusions: Positive and sometimes sustained improvement in balance confidence can be achieved by various interventions among community-dwelling elderly persons. You can follow a program of specific senior balance exercises in the Exercise For Balance DVD, developed by an experienced Physical Therapist.


Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDPractice Balance Exercises At Home

    Overcome any fear of falling by building your confidence with the best balance exercises in the Exercise For Balance DVD. The easy to follow  Balance DVD is the perfect instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The comprehensive Balance DVD is completely packed 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, stability techniques and balance routines from a balance instructor–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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  Stay on your feet by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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