This week, Laura Organ, Moving Well Manager at Arvida Good Friends Living Well Centre, gives us some great exercises that you can do at home to help improve your strength and balance.
The fitness you have now is not the fitness you will have for the rest of your life. This is true whether you are 25 or 85. Aspects of our fitness that are important to staying independent can be improved with as little as 10 minutes per day.
Remaining independent is an important factor for ageing well. Building fitness, strength and balance contributes to a positive ageing experience and improved quality of life no matter your age. Most of us notice a decline in our strength, mobility, and balance as we age, but the good news is it’s never too late to start making improvements! The key message here is quality over quantity. Selecting a handful of beneficial exercises and working on them consistently is all it takes to see positive results.
The exercises included in this article have been proven to improve leg strength, which is important for getting in and out of chairs and beds, going up and down steps, walking and increased confidence. Also included are exercises to improve balance, which is important for staying steady on your feet, being able to correct ourselves if we begin to fall and reducing the likelihood of injury if a fall occurs. Working on leg strength and balance is a great recipe for making sure we are strong, steady, and confident.
Have a go at the following exercises to improve your strength and balance!
Note: some exercises require you to stand next to a sturdy object for support. For safety reasons, please stand next to your kitchen bench or table rather than a dining chair. For balance exercises, try and complete without holding on and only use the support if really needed.