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July 2018 Mall Walker Newsletter

Improve Your Balance

To improve your balance and reduce fall risk, practice these simple activities.

Stand on one leg while you’re watching TV or washing the dishes. Work up to holding the pose for 30 seconds on each side. Once you’ve mastered that, challenge yourself by standing on an unstable surface such as a couch cushion.

Try standing on one foot with your eyes closed.

Walk heel to toe. Go forward and backward for 20 steps.

Do squats. Keep your feet hip-width apart. Hold your arms straight in front of you. Hold your abs tight and your back straight. Bend your hips and knees as if you are sitting on a chair behind you. Make sure your knees don’t extend beyond your toes.

To build forceful strength that improves reaction time, stability and balance, quickly leap out of your chair with enough force to run a few steps from the chair. Use your arms to help gain momentum.

If you have balance issues due to inner ear problems, dizziness after a head injury or stroke, or in relation to an orthopedic problem, call the Lake Health Balance Center at 440-375-8236 for an evaluation.


 

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