Daily Exercises You Can Do in 10 Minutes for Better Balance
Just like strength, balance declines with age. And with a loss of balance comes an increased risk of injury and loss of mobility. But strength and balance training can improve your ability to stay centered and stable on your feet.
“There’s a huge relationship between balance and strength,” says Mary Helen Bowers, founder of New York City–based Ballet Beautiful and a professional ballerina who offers balance, strength and flexibility training.
Bowers recommends four exercises you can do in less than 10 minutes a day. “Do them three to four times a week for a few weeks and you’ll notice a difference,” she says.
Get on your hands and knees. (Use a pillow under your knees, if you wish.) Pull in your abdomen and lift your right leg straight back, keeping your abdomen tight, with your knee straight and toes pointed. Don’t arch your back. Hold for a moment, then lower and repeat with your left leg. Do 2 sets of 8 reps.
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