Easy Exercise to Improve Balance In Seniors

For those that mastered the figure 8 balance exercise last month, I have a more advanced version of that exercise for you this month. It is called the figure 8 in one direction. How many times during the day do you get up from the couch and have to maneuver around your coffee table, scoot by the arm chair, side step by the dining room table. So many other situation that may arise both in your home and out side your home where you need to step forward and then step back or at least sideways. With this exercise, you will be walking in one direction initially, then return the same way but only backwards.

Figure 8 in one Direction.

Begin as you would the regular figure 8 by placing two soft objects about 3 to 4 feet apart on your living room floor. Start walking around the objects as you normally would in the figure 8 balance exercise. When you get to the far object, instead of turning around and walking back, remain pointing in the same direction and begin walking backward. This adds a challenging component to the figure 8 exercise to improve balance in seniors.

Douglas Schrift

Doug Schrift is a Physical Therapist, Certified Geriatric Specialist, and senior fitness coach. Doug helps seniors become strong and stable even if they have never exercised before.