Balance Exercises For Elderly

Balancing Wand

Balance exercises for elderly and seniors can greatly reduce the risk of falling at home. These exercises should focus on building up the strength and endurance of especially your lower body including your ankles and hips.

Below I have made a great balance exercises for elderly video that is fun and easy to do. All you need is a chair, comfortable loose fitting clothing,  and a pair of smooth bottom shoes to wear so you won’t catch your feet. Read on then give it a try.

Working on your balance can be fun and playful. Just see a show by a traveling circus act and you will see just how much we can improve our balance.

Remember that to have good balance we must keep our center of gravity over our base of support which is usually our ankles. When we are walking we are working on and improving our dynamic balance or “moving” balance.  

You can select a moving balance exercise below to work on this skill. When we are still, say standing on one leg, we are working on improving our static or “standing” balance. In the balance exercises for elderly below we are using the balancing wand.

This can be anything you can find around the house that is long and light. An umbrella, baseball bat, cane, wooden dowel or even a long wooden spoon. Try this balance exercise below and see how much better you can become!

Purpose of this exercise

Improve eye hand coordination.

Step 1

Hold a wand in your dominant hand.


Step 2

Focus at the top of the wand and begin balancing.



Breathe normally, in through the nose and out through the mouth.


It is safest to try this sitting down in an armless chair. You can use a yardstick, cane or umbrella. Don’t get carried away and lean out too far from your chair.

Take it up a notch

Try balancing with your non-dominant hand. Try balancing on the back of your hand. Try balancing with both hands together.

How to do Balancing Wand

How to do Balancing Wand

More Balance Exercises

1. Single limb stance

2. Eye tracking

3. Clock reach

4. Staggered stance

5. Single limb with arm

6. Balancing wand

7. Knee marching

8. Body circles

9. Heel to toe

10. Grapevine

11. Stepping

12. Dynamic walking

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