Exercise for Healthy Aging: Balance Exercises

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Balance Exercises

The following exercises develop your balance, especially those that make you work your lower body. You can do these exercises by using both hands to hold onto the back of a sturdy straight-back chair, and increase the difficulty by using only one hand, then a single finger, and then nothing at all. When you feel very solid, you can do these exercises with your eyes closed, but make sure there's someone nearby you at the time.

Frequency and duration

Same as for strength exercises.

A few examples of balance exercises you can do anytime

  • Walk by placing one foot directly in front of the other (the toes of your back foot should touch the heel of your front foot)
  • Sitting and standing without using your arms
  • Standing on one foot (shifting your weight from one foot to the other)

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We are pleased to house this series of FAQs supervised by Cara Tannenbaum, from the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal.

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