Balance Improvement for the Elderly | Senior Fitness

As we get older, our bodies begin to break down.  Bone density decreases, as does muscular strength, and things that were once easy to bounce back from, such as falls, suddenly become dangerous and life-threatening.  That’s why it’s so important for elderly people to maintain good balance.  Balance naturally deteriorates, or at least stagnates, with age, but it’s entirely possible to train yourself to have better balance.Fortunately, balance training is fairly straightforward, and requires little to no equipment.  It’s functional training, which essentially means that you’ll be mimicking movements that you would perform in everyday life, but with an added twist to make them slightly more difficult.  A good example of this is standing on one leg, but moving your arms around to pull you slightly off balance.  Another is over-exaggerating your steps while walking.  By placing some obstacles in a line and carefully stepping over them, you’ll improve your ability to walk normally as well as up your confidence in stepping over objects.There are some caveats to senior balance training.  The most important one is to have something to aid in your balance, particularly during one-legged exercises.  You shouldn’t rely on it too much while performing the exercise, but it is important to have it there so you won’t fall.  It may also be beneficial to have stable friends or relatives demonstrate an exercise before you do it, so you can see what the movement should be like. By performing these exercises a few times a week, you can increase your balance, which makes everyday tasks easier and prevents falls and injuries.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241