If you’d like to work on balance in a home environment, then you’ll find some great home exercises to improve balance in this video. These exercises we explain are a great sequence to go through from start to finish. Improving balance will help reduce the risk of falls, which can also increase confidence.

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Try These Home Exercises to Improve Balance:

 

Note: Before we begin, we suggest that you need to be able to balance on one leg for 30-60 seconds. If you’re not able to do that yet, feel free to go back to the Simple Balance Exercises for Beginners and try them out then come back here.

Exercise #1: Foot Taps Behind

Home Exercises to Improve Balance/Exercise #1: Foot Taps Behind

Stand on your right leg and straighten the left leg behind you, touching the toes on the floor for balance if needed. If you want to increase the challenge, keep the left toes hovered above the floor. Return the left leg forwards and repeat.

Check throughout the exercise that your right toes are relaxed (sometimes you may find that the toes claw the floor).

Repeat: 8 – 10 times

Repeat on the opposite side.

Exercise #2: Foot Tap & Opposite Arm Reach

Home Exercises to Improve Balance/Exercise #2: Foot Tap & Opposite Arm Reach

This is a progression from the first exercise. Stand on the right leg, reach your right arm up and down, as if you’re getting something out of a high cupboard. Once you’ve done that a few times, add in the leg movement from the exercise above. You’ll be reaching the right arm up as your moving the left leg behind you.

Check throughout the exercise that your right toes are relaxed (sometimes you may find that the toes claw the floor).

Repeat: 8 – 10 times

Repeat on the opposite side.

Exercise #3: Combined movements

This exercise progresses the two above and we’ve broken it down into three steps. Start with your weight on the right leg.

Step 1: Heel Raise

Home Exercises to Improve Balance/Exercise #3: 3 Steps/Step 1: Heel Raise

Raise up onto your tiptoes and lower down.

Repeat: 8 – 10 times

Step 2: Foot Taps & Opposite Arm Reach

Home Exercises to Improve Balance/Exercise #3: 3 Steps/Step 2: Foot Taps & Opposite Arm Reach

Repeat the second exercise here – reaching the right arm up and sliding the left leg behind you before returning to the start position. Imagine that you are reaching up into a high cupboard at home.

Repeat: 8 – 10 times

Step 3: All Together

Put steps 1 and 2 together – raise your right arm up at the same time as going onto your tiptoes and sliding the left leg behind you. Return to the start position and repeat.

Option 1: Foot on the Floor

Keep the left foot on the floor, which will increase your stability.

Option 2: Hover the Foot

Hove the left foot above the floor to increase the challenge.

Repeat: 8 – 10 times

Repeat on the opposite side.

 

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Questions?

Trying out different exercises is key to improving and maintaining the body’s flexibility, which in turn can help with recruiting muscles efficiently.

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Remember – Listen to Your Body!

Please remember to listen to your body. Get any aches and pains checked out sooner rather than later.

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