Get Fit Fast Challenge: Find Your Balance Workout

By K. Aleisha Fetters |

Build balance, stability, and coordination with this no-equipment routine for older adults.

In many ways, balance is the foundation of good fitness. Balance is what helps you stay stable and confident on your feet. It helps reduce your risk of falls. And it allows you to hike, garden, dance, play pickleball, or do any number of things you enjoy.

Fortunately, a little balance work every week goes a long way. In this workout from SilverSneakers LIVE instructor Sims Corbett, you’ll train your body’s stabilizer muscles as well as your nervous system’s total-body awareness and coordination.

How the Find Your Balance Workout Works

All you need is yourself and a few square feet of open floor space. If you’re unsure of your balance during single-leg standing exercises, set up near a wall or have a sturdy chair nearby for support. It’s also helpful to have water, and you should feel free to sip as you need.

To keep tabs on your effort, use a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest. You can ramp up or dial down as you need, but in a balance and stability workout, you shouldn’t need to go any higher than 5. As you move, keep breathing, prioritize good form, and listen to your body.

If you have trouble with your balance, don’t get frustrated. Just take a pause, shake things out, and start again. Fixing your eyes on a stationary point on the wall in front of you can help. Go at your own pace.

As always, safety is key. The exercises here may be different or more advanced than those you’ll experience in a SilverSneakers class. If you have a chronic condition, an injury, or balance issues, talk to your doctor about how you can exercise safely.

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