As we age our balance gradually worsens. This is a natural process, however there are exercises you can do to improve your balance so that it does not impact your day-to-day life.

The causes 

  1. Weak muscles as we age our core muscles, leg muscle and joint mobility can weaken. Weak core muscles make it more difficult to correct ourselves. For example, when you were younger you may have found it a lot easier to stand on one leg than you do now. While it is also likely connected to your vestibular system (in your inner ear), it could be
  2. Health conditions that cause dizziness or loss of consciousness
  3. Poor eyesight makes it more difficult to see obstructing objects and judge depth
  4. Slower reflexes mean our body has less time to react and correct our position if we trip over a rolled-up rug for example. This makes the likelihood of the trip turning into a fall greater.

If you have noticed your balance worsening, and there is no medical cause, it is important to take steps to reverse the decline. An effective way to improve this is through exercise.

Exercise to improve your balance

If you are looking to try some simple balance exercises from home the NHS has an easy balance exercises guide

Here are some other examples that you can try at home:

  • Shifting your weight from side to side
  • Standing on one foot
  • Walking heel to toe
  • Using a balance board or stability ball
  • Doing tai chi, yoga or Pilates

Free help we provide

Fortunately, this is something that we can work on and build up through exercise. One You Cheshire East’s Stand Strong programme is designed to reduce your risk of falling through strength training. The 26-week programme has been specifically devised for those aged 65+  (or younger if you have a balance related condition) and consists of exercises for balance, muscle strength and posture. You can sign up to the programme for free on our website.

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