It seems to me the older we get the less stable we become. Why is this? I’ve discovered that as you age, you try to protect yourself from falling so you are more careful with your steps. What happens then? Muscle atrophy – when you don’t use something, you lose it. This is why it is very important to do stabilization exercises every day. Exercising the muscles that support your hips, torso and shoulders will help to prevent falls and broken bones.
Let me show you three simple balancing exercises to help you get started on stabilizing those important muscle groups.
While holding on to a chair, extend your left foot behind you. Hold for 5 seconds and the switch legs. Alternate legs for a total of 10 repetitions. Do this balance exercise daily and strive to increase your time by 5 seconds every third day.
Chair Balance With Arm Extension
While holding on to a chair, extend your left leg behind you while raising your right hand. Hold this position for 5 seconds and switch. You will then extend your right leg behind you and raise your left hand. Continue to alternate for 10 repetitions. Do this balance exercise daily and strive to increase your time by 5 seconds every third day.
One Arm Chair Balance with Hip Flexion and Abduction
While holding on to a chair with your right hand, extend your left leg out in front of you with toes pointed. Continue to move your left leg in a circular motion to your left side while squeezing your gluteus maximus, (derriere). Bring your leg back to center and repeat exercise for 10 repetitions. Now turn and do the opposite leg. Do this exercise daily and strive to increase your repetitions by 2 every third day.
Keep exercising and live actively!