Senior Balance Exercises: Top Priority For Older Adults

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

 Following a regular program of senior balance exercises is one of the best ways to combat the most common complaints expressed to physicians across America. Please see According to Health In Aging, The most common symptoms that doctors hear from older patients are:
  • Vertigo.  A sensation that everything around you is spinning or moving, or that you yourself are spinning around.
  • Lightheadedness or “near fainting” (presyncope).  A feeling of weakness, or dizziness.
  • Unsteadiness.  A feeling of imbalance, disorientation, and occasionally a loss of your sense of time, or place.
These symptoms all attribute to balance problems and a potential for falling for those in the aging population. Additionally, Balance problems may be linked to:
  • inner ear problems (the most common source of vertigo)
  • headache (including migraines)
  • anxiety or panic
  • ringing in the ears
  • allergies or infections
  • getting up quickly from sitting or lying down
  • a growth on the auditory nerve (such as an acoustic neuroma)
  • problems with nerves in your legs and feet
  • low blood pressure
  • dehydration.
 As a result, performing senior balance exercises on a regular basis is critical for all older individuals.

Senior Balance Exercises Improve Steadiness

    Knowing which senior balance exercises to start with is one of the most important steps towards improving balance. All stability routines can be initiated at a very easy, basic level and can be progressed when the individual is ready for the next step. Often times, the starting point for a beginning routine involves standing on both feet and shifting one’s body weight in all directions, including front to back and side to side. The purpose of this exercise is to learn how to control one’s body weight so that if they are in a precarious situation where they feel off-balanced, they will have the balance abilities to pull themselves back to a stable position with their body weight lined up in the center of their feet. Additionally, this first exercise helps to develop strong connections between the sensory input from the feet to  the balance center in the brain. Equilibrium exercises can be progressed to standing on one foot, which is a necessary ingredient of walking. During the walking pattern, the body is supported by one foot during the stance phase for that leg while they other leg swings through for the next step. these senior balance exercises and appropriate ways to progress to the next exercise can be learned by following the direction of a knowledgeable physical therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.


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

    For anyone who struggles with feeling dizzy or off balance, please begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The easy to follow Balance DVD is the perfect instructional medium to use at home or in a group setting. The Exercise For Balance DVD comes loaded with all the necessary 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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Follow Health In Aging’s directions by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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