Senior Balance Exercises Help Kick Off Your Fitness

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.comSimple Senior Balance Exercises

    Older adults who want to be more active and enhance their health need to start their fitness programs with senior balance exercises to first establish a solid foundation of stability. Please see Medical researchers have shown that physical activity can be beneficial in many ways including a few mentioned here:
-Increasing cardiovascular function
-Improving musculoskeletal strength and flexibility
-Enhancing mood through the release of feel good neurochemicals
Fitness regimens must be individualized for older adults according to their baseline level of stability, conditioning and disability, and be instituted gradually and safely, particularly for elderly and poorly conditioned adults. Fitness programs should include, however, components involving balance training, strength training and endurance training.

Components Of Fitness And Senior Balance Exercises

       Fitness programs for older adults should be preceded by certain  senior balance exercises. As mentioned above, there are certain components of fitness programs for aging individuals including strength training, endurance training and balance training.
Resistance And Flexibility training. Flexibility exercises are strongly recommended for active older adults to maintain range of motion, optimize performance and limit injury. Two days a week or more of flexibility training—sustained stretches and static/non-ballistic (non-resistant) movements—are recommended for senior athletes. Additionally,  Prolonged, intense resistance training can increase muscle strength, lean muscle and bone mass more consistently than aerobic exercise alone. Moderately intense resistance regimens also decrease fat mass. Sustained lower and upper body resistance training bolsters bone density and reduces the risk of strains, sprains and acute fractures.
Endurance training. Sustained and at least moderately intensive aerobic training promotes heart health, increases oxygen consumption, and has been linked to other musculoskeletal benefits, including less accumulation of fat mass, maintenance of muscle strength and cartilage volumes. A minimum of 150 to 300 minutes a week of endurance training, in 10 to 30 minute episodes, for elite senior athletes is recommended. Less vigorous and/or short-duration aerobic regimens may provide limited benefit.
 balance training. Senior balance exercises should be performed on a daily basis and can include simple activities like standing on one foot or walking along a line heel to toe. Both of these equilibrium routines will strengthen and speed up the balance reactions at your feet and ankles. You can learn step by step progressions of senior balance exercises by following along with an expert Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVDbalance exercises

    Before you start a fitness program, please initiate the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The professionally filmed Exercise For Balance DVD is an exceptional educational medium to use at home or in a group setting. The Exercise For Balance DVD is filled 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, steadiness 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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The first step of your fitness program involves starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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