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Patch Blog: Easy Ways To Improve Your Balance

Here are some easy tips for improving your balance.

As we age there are many things that are inevitable. There are also several things we can do to be proactive and maintain quality of life and independence. Along with walking, weight training is a proven way to maintain muscle strength and tone. Unfortunately many people know this but don't follow through and make routine exercise a part of the day to day. This may make things easier.

If you want work on balance, here are a few easy exercises. These can go along with your walking and resistance routine. If you want to get going this can also be a good place to start.

The first exercise is to look at a clock with a second hand and stand on one leg (without holding on to something). Have something close by and just tap it to steady yourself as you need it. Start with 20 to 30 seconds and work up to a minute. Repeat the other leg and do the same thing. You usually find one side is easier than the other. This will not only help your balance but also strengthen the feet and ankles.

The other thing to do is what I call the Drunk Test. Walk heel to toe across a long room. After this becomes easy you can make it more challenging by pausing a few seconds after each step and then cross your arms as you pause. If this is too easy, then close your eyes and try. Make sure you have someone you trust in back of you.

The last tip is to walk sideways putting one foot to the side of the other. Take it slow this is a hard one. For more tips visit our website at body-mastery.net.

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