Balance Exercises Give Seniors a Wealth of Benefits

By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on

It’s estimated that about a third of all seniors 65 years of age and older experience some type of fall each year. Even a relatively minor fall can have potentially serious consequences, especially when it comes to maintaining mobility. Regardless of a senior’s physical abilities, balance exercises can help to prevent falls – just one of several potential benefits.

As a leading provider of elderly care in South Metro Denver, we know that when properly incorporated into a regular fitness routine, balance exercises can help seniors retain their mobility and independence, and can also:

  • Make Daily Activities Easier – Whether it’s making the bed or bending over to tie shoes, better balance can help seniors successfully complete an assortment of daily activities. This also includes tasks involving stretching, like reaching for items on higher shelves and hair washing.
  • Encourage Increased Exercise – Once balance improves, seniors often develop the confidence they need to enjoy other forms of exercise, from taking daily walks around the block, heading outside to do a little gardening or even picking up smaller grandchildren.
  • Prevent Falls and Injuries – A Harvard study found that exercise programs for seniors including balance training reduced falls that caused injuries by nearly 40 percent. Better coordination can also help seniors who do fall reduce the risk of serious injury by naturally rolling rather than crashing to the ground when a fall goes into motion.
  • Burn Calories – Most balance exercises require some effort to remain stable, which can work several key muscle groups. As a result, regular balance exercises could help burn off some calories.

Balance Exercise Suggestions

Balance exercises do not require a lot of equipment, and can be as simple as:

  • Maintaining balance while walking between designated points (can be with assistance)
  • Standing on one foot (or a variation using a chair for support)
  • Walking while placing pressure on the foot from heel to toe
  • Lifting one foot off the floor (while standing with one foot in front of the other)

Note: Smooth bottom shoes should be worn to prevent tripping.
As with any exercise regimen, a senior’s doctor should be consulted to ensure that all exercises are safe for the senior to perform.

Interested in helping a senior loved one begin an exercise regimen? Home Care Assistance of Centennial is here to help. Whether your loved one is interested in Centennial hourly care for help with daily exercises a few times a week, or would prefer the added safety provided by live-in care, our highly trained caregivers are available 24/7. To request more information or a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, call 303-957-3100 and speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Care Manager.