We don’t often think about balance when it comes to physical fitness – but it’s key for preventing injuries & reducing risk of falls.
1. Stand with feet hip distance apart and focus on a spot in front of you. Rise up onto the balls of your feet. Hold for 3-5 seconds, lower and repeat. Once you feel confident, stay in the balance and bring your arms overhead. Increase the amount of time in the balance as you progress. Repeat 8-10 times.
2. Stand on one leg. If you have trouble doing this, focus on contracting your abdominal muscles and keeping eyes on a spot in front of you. Once you can do this for at least one minute, try with your fingertips on your temples. When you’ve mastered this, try with your eyes shut!
3. Stand up from seated without using your hands. Time how many times you can do this in 20 seconds – aiming to increase the number as your balance improves. Have a competition with a colleague to add some fun and activity to your working day!
Written by Dr. Noel Duncan