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How to Improve Your Balance

If you're wobbly and uncoordinated by nature, then get moving – the more movement you make, the more balance you’ll create.

Instructions

  • : Consult a doctor if you experience severe balance issues or before starting a new exercise program.
  • Step 1: Get moving Take a walk. Any type of exercise -- walking, running, skipping, or jumping -- can help improve your balance.
  • Step 2: Try balance exercise daily Incorporate balance exercises into your daily activities. Stand on one foot while waiting in the grocery line; shift your weight from leg to leg, holding for about 30 seconds per leg.
  • TIP: Do your balance exercises near a stable structure that will support you in case you stumble.
  • Step 3: Do bicep curls Do bicep curls. Stand with your feet slightly apart and hold a dumbbell in your right hand, palm upward. Lift your left leg and bend it at the knee. Hold this position for up to 30 seconds. Then switch sides and repeat.
  • Step 4: Do shoulder presses Try a shoulder press. Stand with your feet slightly apart. With the dumbbell in your right hand, lift your arm until your forearm is perpendicular with the floor. Next lift your left leg and bend it at the knee. Hold for up to 30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.
  • Step 5: Try tai chi Take a tai chi class. Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that uses coordinated movements. It has been prescribed to stroke victims who have experienced impaired balance.
  • Step 6: Get rest Get plenty of rest. Fatigue can often make people groggy and less balanced. Soon you’ll be on your way to perfect grace and poise.
  • FACT: Did you know? Gymnastics, the ultimate test of human balance, is a term derived from the Greek concept of exercising naked.

You Will Need

  • Exercise
  • Dumbbell
  • Tai chi
  • Rest
  • Optional: Stable structure

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