Enjoy Open Spaces With Senior Balance Exercises

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

   Getting out and enjoying beautiful green spaces can help boost mental health and a good quality of life, especially if you begin with senior balance exercises to enhance your stability and minimize any risk of falling. Please see more information at http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Recent medical research has proven that enjoying green spaces can benefit those in the aging population. The British researcher, Chris Neale, published a study that revealed that green spaces in cities benefit residents of all ages. Now, British researchers say, open areas may also boost older people’s mental well-being. “We found that older participants experienced beneficial effects of green space whilst walking between busy built urban environments and urban green space environments,” said study author Chris Neale. “Indeed, this work is the first to be published in a series of papers understanding the impact of green and urban spaces on brain activity in older adults,” said Neale, a research fellow at the University of York’s Stockholm Environment Institute in England. The small study included eight people, 65 and older, who wore portable devices that recorded their brain activity as they walked in both busy and green urban locations. They were also interviewed before and after their outings. The participants experienced changes in levels of excitement, engagement and even frustration as they moved between busy and green areas. They benefited from being in green spaces and preferred them because they were calming and quieter, according to the study. “Urban green space has a role to play in contributing to a supportive city environment for older people through mediating the stress induced by built up settings,” Neale said in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Before initiating a walking program in open spaces, however, medical professionals like doctors, physician assistants and physical therapists recognize that those in the aging population should begin their walking program with senior balance exercises. Practicing stability routines help older individuals enhance their steadiness thereby reducing the potential of a fall and injury from falling.

Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Walking

   To enjoy a glorious walk in a green space, first perform specific senior balance exercises to advance your stability abilities. You can begin developing needed steadiness for walking in green spaces with simple equilibrium routines like standing with your feet shoulder width apart and centering your weight in the middle of your feet. By practicing centering your body weight, you will develop strong connections between the sensory input in your feet and the balance center in your brain. This is one way to enhance your stability and it is a critical stability technique that should be employed with all other steadiness routines like standing on one foot or standing in a tandem position. You can progress your steadiness routines from static standing exercises to dynamic balance routines like tandem walking. During tandem walking, try to walk along a line in a heel to toe manner. Tandem walking will enhance your balance skills and prepare you fro walking outdoors on hiking trails or green grass in open spaces. you can practice these stability techniques and other certain senior balance exercises, which were formulated by an experienced Physical Therapist 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 prepare for walking in green spaces,  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

For safe walking, start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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