We take balance for granted though it is an important part of our lives. As we age our balance declines and as many as 45% of the elderly fall annually. They mainly fall because of:
Elderly balance training and exercises can improve their performance. The exercises incorporate endurance training, balance and strength training to promote good balance. This will allow you to focus on your balance as you get used to the routine exercises. 12 of the best exercises for the elderly are;
This is great exercise to start with. Simply hold on to a chair and balance yourself on one leg. Balance for a few seconds on each foot. If you are able work this up to a minute.
Use a chair so you do not fall. If you have pains in your shoulder do not reach back to far.
This exercise targets your vestibular and vision system. The exercise can make you dizzy and you can stop and try with smaller movements of the head.
You need to look up from your feet and pick a spot at your eye level to improve your balance. Breathe in from your nose and out from your mouth.
As an elderly you will need to hold onto a chair. Let go of it for a few seconds a time till you are comfortable.
This is easy and fun to do.
This exercise is a bit tricky and you need to keep your hips and knees straight when you circle. If uncomfortable have a chair close by.
This is a good exercise for leg weakness and cardio exercises
This allows the elderly to retain straighter line when doing the walking exercises.
The stepping exercises are challenging and you may need someone to demonstrate them to you first.
If you dance then you will be familiar with this exercise. Take steps in one direction and turn around and walk back.
This is exercise should be done when you have more confidence and it is fun to do with someone else.