As we age, maintaining good balance is important for preventing serious falls and injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 3 million people each year are treated for fall injuries in emergency departments. So what can we do to help prevent a serious fall or injury? First things first, it’s a good idea to test our balance and identify where our weaknesses lie.
- To determine how strong your standing balance is, lift one foot and see how long you can hold your stance.
- To test your balance while you move, try walking heel to toe in a straight line for 10 steps.
If you struggle with either of these exercises, you could benefit from some simple, balance-improving exercises. Watch the video below for some easy, at-home exercises for improving balance.
If you are unsteady on your feet or require assistance to squat or stand up from a chair, it’s best to contact your trusted Physical Therapist for assistance with these exercises.