131119 Introduction to balance training

131119 Introduction to balance training

Beginning around the fourth decade, we start to lose a small percentage of the ability to keep our equilibrium[1]. Losing your balance leads to falls and possible fractures, or other injuries if not prevented.

Prevention begins with daily practice. Standing on one foot or with heel to toe for multiple seconds at a time (60-120) will help stave off this decline in balance. Leaning toward the floor on one leg with arms to the side or rear will change the center of gravity and will change the feel of the exercise. In each instance it is important to have the ability to catch yourself on something solid to prevent a dangerous fall from happening in the event you do lose your balance while doing these.

Of course, there are many other ways to practice balance training but this article is not being written to list them all. Suffice it to say balance is a critical part of living a healthy life.


[1] Bodily balance. A physical state or sense of being able to maintain bodily balance

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