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Physical Balance For Seniors

Many of the activities that we take for granted during the length of our lives, such as walking, climbing stairs, and navigating uneven surfaces, become less of a certainty for many people when they reach their senior years. It may be the accumulated result of a lifetime of suspect habits, a sedentary lifestyle, an overall decline in personal health or the onset of physical illness. Whatever the reason, many seniors may suddenly find themselves in a state of progressive decline. It has to be a huge irony that at the point in our lives when we have the most time to devote to ourselves, the ability to do so becomes unreliable. You might think that at the very least we should be able to accomplish the tasks of daily living for the length of our lives, albeit a little slower.

Here’s the great truth about our bodies; we can exercise them and they reward us with greater strength, endurance, and immunity. Conversely, if we fail to exercise than we lose all the same. The human body never questions, it just does what we ask of it.

If your sense of balance starts to falter at a later age, perhaps because the fluid dries up in the inner ear, or over muscle mass decreases, or coordination declines, then the simple acts of living become a challenge. Walking on an even surface may become precarious. Imagine then the dangers of walking on an inclined surface, or one that is uneven, slippery, or snow covered. Now consider movement while performing a secondary task such as lifting, stair climbing, carrying, transferring from bathtub or bed to floor. The list becomes long.

If the cause of balance loss is a debilitating illness associated with age then only a physician can advise. If however, the individual has led an increasingly sedentary lifestyle then there is some hope on the horizon. The human body responds to activity. At this point we have to proceed with some caution. I’m not the first person to advocate activity and exercise for seniors but it has to be within their current physical potential. Certainly their physician would be well trained to advise.

It should’t be too hard to practice simple static balance exercises while holding onto some support.

Also, simple dynamic exercises such as walking or dancing would be of great benefit. At least in dancing you have someone to hold onto.

Has anyone considered isometric exercises tailored for the elderly. Simple contraction and relaxation of all the muscles in the body, practiced on a daily basis, could be just the requirement to maintain the over all muscle strength and coordination required for the daily activities of life. It would take little time, is low impact, targets specific areas of the body, and can be done standing up or sitting down. Here we have a simple means to maintain physical balance and the means can be adjusted to the capability of each individual.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1haS8hR1lE

Asia’s great contribution to health has to be the graceful practice of Tai Chi. This low impact movement can be practiced by people of all ages. It is immensely popular in parts of the world.

Again, exercise the human body and it will reward you. What we are talking about her is the formation of habits. It would be to the advantage of people to create, ideally early in their lives, the habit of self maintenance. The body is masterfully designed to move and will reward you if you do so. The message that I’m getting here is that the human body has an incredible amount of resilience and would prefer to be healthy and active rather than sluggish and unhealthy. And the same appears to be valid at any age. Everyone is unique in their physical status and we have to carefully address this. If you choose to follow any of the paths outlined here, please consult with your physician first and receive their approval and blessing.

For additional information on how to maintain your balance while you age, or for you to help a loved one that is losing their balance here is an Ebook with some great content specifically designed to help seniors remain healthy, avoid falling and breaking their bones. Click cover to purchase.

Balance Manual 

Sincerely Yours In Balance

Ben Balancer
Editor-In-Chief
BalanceScience.com

One Response to Physical Balance For Seniors
  1. Francoise Bonhoure
    March 11, 2011 | 7:25 am

    Hello,
    I can see you have already connection to Tai Chi exercises. Great!
    They make ideal balance exercises for seniors to maintain and develop their balance.
    As the Chinese have found, old age starts in the legs and moves up the body, so it’s important to develop leg strength and balance. This can be easily done with Tai Chi and Qigong by allowing gravity, relaxation and some concentration!
    I am putting more free videos on my young site!
    Benefits to Exercise for Seniors

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