When we are babies, we fall, and we get up again. We learn how to balance by holding on to furniture while standing up on our own or letting go of our parents’ hands while taking our first steps. Later, we have to once again learn how to balance when riding a bike and must practice until we no longer need training wheels. As we get older, things like vision and ear problems can affect our balance, and we have to again learn how to balance. When we’re younger, our bodies can react more quickly, but as we get older, we may have to make more of a conscious effort to keep our muscles strong.
Here are a few exercises that you can do while completing other daily activities.
Brushing Your Teeth Exercise
- Stand in front of a table and lift your right foot a little.
- With your right arm, brush the upper left corner of your mouth (with a real or imagined toothbrush) for 30 seconds.
- Switch the toothbrush to your left hand, and raise your left foot. Brush the upper right corner of your mouth for 30 seconds.
- Switch again, putting the toothbrush in your right hand and lifting your left foot. Brush the lower left corner of your mouth. Repeat on the other side.
Rock Around the Clock Exercise
- Stand straight with your feet together and your shoulders relaxed.
- Make your body rigid as a board.
- Begin to sway in a circle with your body.
- Sway for one minute in each direction.
- Stand next to a chair or counter and only hold in if you have to.
- Alternate lifting one knee as high as possible, then the other knee as high as possible.
- Do this for one or two minutes, counting a long “one, two” each time you lift the knee.
The Living Room Walk
- Walk slowly across your living room.
- While walking, slowly turn your head as far to the right as you can.
- Walk back to your starting point, slowly turning your head as far to the left as you can.
- Sit in a chair that does not have arms.
- Cross your arms across your shoulders, left hand on right shoulder, and right hand on left shoulder.
- Stand up and sit down, keeping your head up and not looking down.
- Do not lean forward as you stand up.
Try walking a few steps on your heels, then on your toes.