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Gentle fitness - Week 5

Balance program for beginners

Improve your balance to help you gain more stability which will help you be more confident in all of your activities! Good balance can improve strength, coordination and help prevent falls.

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Balance is important for everyday activities such as walking or going up the stairs. Balance is key to decrease the risk of falls and injury. Improved balance may also make it easier to complete daily activities.

It is recommended that adults complete strength and balance exercises at least 2 times a week.

How to start:

  • Develop a routine of movements.
  • Start with holding a chair or counter for support.
  • Use slow and controlled movements and remember to breathe.
  • Start by selecting a few exercises. Repeat them at least once.
  • Examples of exercises:
    • Walking heel to toe
    • ​Marching on the spot

For a list of additional exercises, click the link to the Weekly Workout.

How to improve:

  • Try it again for a second round. Exercises will get easier as you gain strength.
  • Increase the amount of time you hold the position by 5 to 10 seconds each week.
  • If you are using a chair, let go of one hand or hold on with one finger.
  • Add movement into the pose. Try moving your arm in different directions.

Every body is different and the time it takes to improve will be different for each person. Start slow and work your way up.

Additional resources: https://findingbalancealberta.ca/wp-content/uploads/FB-Active-Strength-Handout-2018.pdf

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Marching on the Spot

1 set, 10+ reps

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​​Stand with your feet about hip width apart. March on the spot, lifting your knees high.

Keep your posture upright as you do the exercise.

Modification - if balance is a challenge, hold onto a chair.​

 

Slow March, Cross Body Reach

1 set, 10+ reps

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Do a slow march and reach your arm across your body towards the opposite knee as you raise it. Repeat on the other side.

Lift your knee up so your thigh is parallel to the ground and your knee is bent to 90 degrees.

Modification - hold onto a chair and move your torso to your opposite knee

 

Slow March, Hands on Hips

1 set, 10+ reps

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Do a slow march and rest your hands on your hips.

Bring your knee up so your thigh is parallel to the ground and your knee is bent at 90 degrees. Alternate sides.

Modification - hold onto a chair or stable surface.​

 

Heel-toe Walk

1 set, 10+ reps

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Walk while exaggerating the movement. Stepping with your heel first, then the mid-foot, finally keeping the balance on your toes.

Keep your balance and control for the entire foot contact phase (from the heel strike to the push off with the toes).

Switch directions.

Modification - use a wall for support as you walk.​

 

Swaying for Balance

1 set, 10+ reps

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Stand in front of a table or chair and place your hands on it.

Shift your body weight onto one leg. Return your weight to both legs and repeat. When you shift your weight, keep looking straight ahead of you and keep your shoulders level.

Modification - progress by balancing on your own without the support of the chair.​

 

Side to Side Weight Shift (rope climb)

1 set, 10+ reps

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Raise both hands overhead one at the time and alternate reaching to the ceiling as if you were climbing a rope.

Modification - use a chair to support yourself as you reach one hand upward.​

 

Walking on Tips of Toes

1 set, 10+ reps

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Stand with your feet slightly apart and your back straight.

Walk forward, only letting the tips of your toes touch the ground.

Modification - use a wall to hold onto as you walk.​

 

Tandem Balance

1 set, 10+ reps

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Stand with one foot directly in front of the other. Fold your arms over your chest and turn your head and body to one side.

Come back to the center and repeat the exercise on the other side.

Modification - practice standing with a chair in front of you, holding your feet in the stance described.​

 

Single Leg Stance

1 set, 10+ reps

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Stand straight with your feet close together and lift one leg off of the floor.

Hold for the recommended time, lower your leg and lift the opposite leg.

Modification - hold onto a chair.​

 

Clock Time

1 set, 10+ reps

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Stand on one leg and reach your other foot forward, sideways and backward. Reach for the 3 o'clock, 6, 9, then 12 o'clock position.

Bend your support knee slightly for balance.

Repeat with your other leg.

Modification - use a chair for balance.​

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