12 Exercises That Improve Balance

By the Editors of SilverSneakers |

Stand tall and stay steady with these moves, which build stability from multiple angles.

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Did you test your balance as part of our Fit for Life Challenge? If you felt unsteady during the test or have previously had a fall, talk to your doctor about your concerns and whether balance-improving exercises are safe for you.

If you did well but realized you could stand to improve—or simply want to preserve your current level of fitness—consider adding a few balance exercises to your routine. In this Fit for Life Challenge video, fitness expert David Jack shows you a variety of moves that build stability from different angles.

What to Do

Watch the video, pick out one or two exercises to add to your existing workouts or do throughout the week, and start there.

As always, remember that safety and good form are key. “You don’t have to get it all right the first day,” Jack says. And feel free to focus on one part of the movement, such as the feet, and add the arms when you’re comfortable.

When those one or two moves feel easy, pick one or two new moves to try. Over time, you might be surprised to see how many exercises that looked scary at first are within your range. Plus, you’ll have a handful of exercises to swap in and out of your workouts to beat boredom.

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So, Which Exercises Will You Try?

Here are the exercises you’ll find in the video:

  • Single-leg 3-way tap and reset
  • Split-stance rolling ankle rocks
  • Split-stance hold sequence
  • Rocking horse
  • Rocking horse hold
  • Rocking horse look
  • Split-stance reach pattern
  • Split-stance clock catch
  • Side-step olé
  • 3 steps forward and back
  • 4-way catch and pass
  • Single-leg hinge pattern

Did you miss yesterday’s SilverSneakers Fit for Life Challenge posts? Find them here and here. Plus, be sure to connect with us on our Facebook page.

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Note: The exercises in this workout may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. Please consult your physician before beginning a physical activity program to make sure it’s safe for you.

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