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Other Ways to Exercise Balance

Your sense of balance needs regular stimulation to stay in good shape. But what exactly uses your balance? Basically, whenever you are standing and not holding on to something, your sense of balance is working hard to make sure you stay in equilibrium.

Naturally, when you are standing and moving around it has to work even harder. So you can think of standing and moving as “exercise” for your balance.

Of course this would mean that when you are sitting, you aren’t using your balance. It is important to understand that the more time you spend sitting, the less time you are standing and moving. More sitting means your sense of balance is getting less stimulation.

Without enough stimulation, your sense of balance will become rusty. That is why people do balance exercises, to give their sense of balance the practice it needs.

There are lots of other activities that will incorporate more time balancing into your life, too. Here are a few:
  • Walking
  • Tai Chi
  • Dancing
  • Gardening
  • Raking leaves
  • Hiking
  • Golf
  • Horseshoes
  • Bocce ball
  • Bowling
  • Exercise classes
All of these things involve standing and moving around, which means they are exercising your balance. Take another look at the list and see if there are some activities that you could incorporate into your daily life.

Maybe there are some things you used to do regularly but have gotten away from for one reason or another. Or maybe there is something you do once in a while that you might want to start doing regularly.

Just remember to be safe and start easy, then gradually add more activity when you’re ready. Remember, it doesn't have to be strenuous to be beneficial.

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