Healthy Aging Month Q&A: Part 4

September 15, 2016

Q: I feel as is my balance is off; are there exercises I can do to regain my balance?

A: If you do not trust your balance as much lately, devote 5-10 minutes twice a day to work on some exercises where you can reach for support if you need it. Often, near a kitchen sink, railing, table, or heavy, tall chair can be a helpful location.

Try lunges where you keep your feet progressively closer together in width and further apart in length. The deeper and more slowly you lunge the better. Try leaning against a wall with your feet 5 inches away from the wall. Then pull your body away from the wall without using your hands. Now rotate so the wall is at your side, or in front of you and keep finding the muscles that pull you away from the wall. The further your feet are away from the wall, the harder. Otherwise, you can try an old standard of standing on one leg for 3-10 seconds at a time and build from there. 

Unfortunately for some people, these exercises are not safe to do without someone nearby if their balance is struggling. The above exercises are meant to be basic exercises that are more likely to be safe for someone without significant concern regarding their balance.