“Did you just fall?”
“No, I didn’t…the floor just needed a hug”
While it can be nice to offer a hug to the floor, we’d prefer not to!
Do you feel unsteady on your feet?
Or find that you lose your coordination?
Or have people started calling you clumsy?
If YES – you need to boost your BALANCE!
Many people suffer with poor balance. Most people believe that it’s related to aging which is part true, but it can also stem from a number of conditions such as:
- Feeling faint/lightheaded
- Vestibular (inner ear) problems
- Certain medications
- Eye problems
What is common out of all of these conditions is that they make you more prone to tripping, stumbling and further injury.
The trick is to boost your BALANCE so that you don’t end up falling – as that’s the last thing we want you to do!
Why is Balance Important?
We use balance on a daily basis and having a good sense of coordination is invaluable to help prevent falls and injuries as we age. This in turn can help PREVENT certain issues including needing hip or knee replacement SURGERY after a fall.
So, where should you start?
- Get moving – you can’t practice balancing or start strengthening your muscles needed for balance by sitting in your chair.
- Start with the basics – you’re boiling the kettle for your morning cuppa. While you’re waiting, simply stand on one leg, holding onto the counter as needed, and hold that position for up to 30 seconds. Then switch and use the other leg!
- Feeling braver – great! See if you can keep your balance standing on one leg in different rooms of your house and on different surfaces – try grass, sand or any uneven/soft surface. You can hold onto something if needed – but try use this support minimally to really challenge your new balancing skills!
Check out the video on BALANCE