As we get older, our ability to maintain our balance simply begins to deteriorate at a natural and steady pace. If we are not careful, we can find it more difficult to walk long distances or to climb up and down stairs. That’s why it is so important to continue with our exercise program well into our retirement years, but we might want to slightly modify our workout routines to include some new excesses that will help us to maintain and improve our balance and coordination skills. This improved balance will positively affect nearly every aspect of our lives.
By including these 3 simple exercises into our workout routines, people of all ages will begin to see a much improved balance and a higher level of physical coordination.
Exercise One: Heel-to-Toe
In this exercise, we will simply begin by placing the heel of the left foot directly in front of the toes on the right foot. When both feet are in place, they will form a straight line. Make sure to have a handrail, chair, or other piece of furniture nearby to hold onto for support. When you are ready, simply let go of the support while maintaining this heel-to-toe position for approximately 30 seconds. If you are feeling a bit wobbly, then you can simply loosen your grip around the support rather than completely letting go.
Exercise Two: Toe-Touches
This is a great exercise for helping to improve our walking abilities. First, place your right foot flat on the floor while holding your supporting chair or railing. Next, only allow the toes of the left foot to touch the floor while your right foot is still remaining flat on the ground. This is the same physical stance that we would make when we are actually walking. As we did in Exercise One, try to let go of the support for approximately 30 seconds before switching feet.
Exercise Three: Seated Toe Points
This exercise will help build our leg sand thigh muscles. Begin by sitting in a comfortable chair with one of your legs stretched outright. Point the toe as far forward as you can, and then try to repeat this exercise fifteen times in a row without feeling any pain. Next, repeat the exercise on the other leg for fifteen times as well. Work your way up to 20 repetitions per leg, and gradually increase the numbers by increments of five to keeping building more muscle mass.
It can be all too easy to relax into our retirement years, slowing down, and becoming addicted to watching the television, reading books, or playing cards with our friends. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with these types of activities performed in moderation, we really need to also include a diverse fitness program, maintain a balanced diet, and get the proper amount of quality sleep if we truly want to remain physically active and mentally alert for many years to come.