Health / Older Adult Fitness

7 Exercises That Help Improve Balance After 60

Build strength and coordination with this set of moves.

Most of us rarely think about the importance of our body’s ability to maintain balance. But, as we age, the key to avoiding falls and subsequent injury is by focusing on improving our static (stationary) and dynamic (moving) balance skills. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that falls have reached an epidemic level, citing that 30 percent of people ages 65 to 80 and 50 percent of those over 80 will experience a fall each year. In addition, falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury and fractures in older adults.

The upside to these dire statistics is that starting a program of specific exercises developed to improve your balance can significantly decrease your risk of falling. This series of exercises targets static and dynamic balance, helping to improve strength and coordination. It takes time for your body to build strength and improve balance ability, so start slowly with each exercise, and make sure you follow the safety tips. Work up to performing two to three repetitions of these exercises every other day..

Safety Tips

Standing Balance

Advanced Standing Balance

Tightrope Walk

You’ll need a hallway that has a firm floor for this exercise.

Side Step

Modified Grapevine Walk

Flamingo Stand

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