Why Balance Exercises Are Important for Seniors

Balancing as we walk might seem like second nature, but it’s easy to forget that we all had to learn to walk and, balance as children. Walking is a complex skill, and as we age it can become more challenging. Balance exercises are one way to help lower your fall risk and also fall in a way that helps you avoid serious injury. One study found that 61% of seniors who experienced a fall after working on balance exercises were able to avoid breaking a bone.

Imbalance Can Lead to Injuries

One of the biggest reasons why balance exercises are important is that imbalance can lead to serious injuries and even death. In 2021, almost 39,000 adults aged 65 and older died from preventable falls. 2.9 million older adults were treated in the ER for injuries received from falls. Many of the injuries typically received during falls, like a broken hip, could turn into something deadly when combined with other chronic health conditions like osteoporosis or diabetes. Imbalance goes hand in hand with injuries, so improving your balance can decrease your injury risk.

Improved Mobility

Balance exercises not only prevent falls but also enhance mobility. As we age, joints and muscles tend to stiffen, making movement more challenging. Regular balance exercises help maintain joint flexibility and improve muscle endurance, which makes it easier for seniors to perform daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, or getting in and out of chairs. Improved mobility also helps seniors live more active lifestyles.

Better Posture

Poor posture is a common issue among seniors, and it often leads to back pain and decreased mobility. Balance exercises help seniors develop better body awareness and posture control. By practicing exercises that focus on balance and alignment, seniors can improve their posture and relieve strain and the risk of back-related problems.

Our Favorite Exercises

Foot exercises are particularly valuable for balance, and weak feet make it harder to stay stable and balanced. Some great foot exercises include:

  • Ankle Circles: To complete an ankle circle, sit down and slowly make a circle with your foot in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions.
  • Toe Pulls: Toe pulls help improve foot control. Stand or sit down and try to lift just your big toe off the group. Once you’ve done it with your big toes, complete it with the other four toes.
  • Calf Raises: Calf raises help you to better support your weight while walking and exercising. To perform calf raises, stand near a wall and lift your heels so that you are standing on your toes. As you get better at this exercise, you can try performing it with one foot at a time instead of with two feet.  

Take a look at the rest of the exercises here.

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Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Deborah Bakalich, Certified Senior Advisor®
Owner, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA®) & Assisted Living Placement Specialist - Senior Care Lifestyles, LLC provides compassion, guidance and recommendations to families faced with transitioning a loved one into Assisted Living, Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care, Skilled Nursing, Temporary Respite Care or a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Senior Care Lifestyles was founded in 2014 by Deborah Bakalich, a Certified Senior Advisor and graduate from both Towson University and Stevenson. Senior Care Lifestyles is uniquely positioned as a local (not National) Maryland based placement firm familiar with Maryland senior care facilities and in-state financial assistance programs for senior residents. They meet personally with each family to understand the seniors care needs including medical, personal lifestyle preferences, budget, religion and desired geographic location. They pride themselves in locally guiding and educating families through the entire maze of senior living options available and will schedule tours on behalf of the family and accompany the family on visits of communities. They are passionate and committed to finding the perfect match to call home and stays with the family throughout the entire process, every step of the way, until a decision is made, and the senior is safely moved into their new home. Senior Care Lifestyles can also provide the family with trustworthy, vetted, and reputable experts to assist with the transition for organizing, packing, moving, sale of real estate, estate planning, legal services, and determining eligibility for State, Federal and Veterans Benefits to assist with care costs. Deborah is a proud member of the Maryland Senior Resource Network (MSRN) where she has served as Vice President on the Board of Directors. She is a member of the Alzheimer’s Organization, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Mid-Atlantic Network Group and a member of the Business Opportunity Network (BON).

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