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Maintain Your Balance

For many of us, good balance is taken for granted. However our balance can start to suffer with illness or age. Consider adding some simple balance enhancing exercises to your daily routine - your future self will thank you.


1. Lunges

With your hands on your hips and your feet hip-width apart, step forward on one leg. As you do so, bend both knees until the front thigh is parallel to the floor and the lower leg is bent 90 degrees.

Start with five lunges on each leg and work your way up as you gain strength.


2. Sit and stand

Sit upright in a chair with your knees bent in a 90-degree angle. Fold your arms in front of you, and slowly stand up without the help of your hands. Sit down gradually again and repeat this several times.

Bonus: This exercise also acts as a leg strengthener.


3. Walk the fictitious balance beam

Pick an uninterrupted straight path and walk heel to toe across the floor like you are walking along a balance beam.

You may feel silly at first, but this simple exercise can go a long way to maintaining good balance.


4. The One-foot balance

Nice and simple, stand on one foot for more than two seconds. Now try it for ten seconds then switch to the next foot.

You can build this into your day - for example you can do this for several rotations whilst brushing your teeth!


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