6 Ways Stability/Balance Exercises Promote Health And Wellness As We Age And In Senior Years

6 Ways Stability/Balance Exercises Promote Health And Wellness As We Age And In Senior Years

Stability so important

As you age, you may have noticed many less-than flattering changes to your balance and stability. You may notice a stutter in your steps and you stumble over even surfaces.

 Is it normal?

Should it be accepted?

Actually, it is quite normal; but that does not mean it has to be accepted. It comes about as a result of gradual muscle loss accumulating, poor body posture, some medications, and a weak core.

Luckily, by performing simple stability exercises, you can
remedy, or even better yet, prevent this from ever occurring!

Keep in mind that it is never too late to get stronger; more
fit and improve your stability skills. In fact, it is crucial since the
majority of injuries to seniors result from falls due to weakness in balance
and stability.

Balance
Exercises Promote Health In Many Ways

You
Significantly Reduce Your Chance For Falls And Subsequent Injury

Without a doubt, the main reason so many seniors fall and end
up injured, is because of their failure to address exercise when it was still
practical. Coming up with every silly excuse under the sun, a little exercise
performed just three times weekly could prevent such an eventuality. Stronger
muscles and stabilizers have been shown to result in a much less chance of
falls.

Control
Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions affect more than 25% of seniors throughout
the world, with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and
osteoporosis being the most frequent occurring. While stability/ balance
exercises do not immediately ring a bell when it comes to controlling these
conditions, the fact they build muscle mass and are an efficient cardiovascular
workout, can play a key role in controlling these diseases. Most adults take
stability exercises, and working out as a whole, for granted.

Maintain An
Ideal Weight

The caloric expenditure and muscle growth potential of simple
exercises, such as a chair squat or standing knee curl do help one to reach
daily quotas of calorie burning. The effect is synergistic; by exercising, you
are able to move more freely, for a longer period of time. Compared to an
individual with poor mobility, they probably move much more, instead of being
seated or resigned to bed for long periods of time.

Improves
Mood

Exercise of any type improves mood and well-being, but what
makes balance training superior is its ability to instill independence in the
individual. They no longer have to feel dependent on others or always living in
fear of the day of the inevitable fall. Freedom to move around without fear can
do a lot psychologically for the individual, and leaves them in a much better
mood. In addition, the release of feel good hormones/ neuro-transmitters during
exercise (such as serotonin, dopamine) all contribute to wellbeing.

Maintain
Brain Function

Brain function does not have to decrease as fast as it can if
it is constantly stimulated. By performing balance exercises, the brain needs
to form new connections, both within itself and to muscles. Coupled with
improved blood flow, it is excellent for your health.

Keeps You
Pain Free And Flexible

The ability to move around with pain is necessary to fully
enjoy life; especially true if you’re over 50. Balance training not only
strengthens the muscles, but the joints as well. Be sure to exercise within your
limits and know when to stop.

Conclusion

Though at first glance the relationship between balance
training and overall well-being may not be clear, the fact is that it does
translate to one’s entire life. By just performing simple exercise, at least 3
times weekly you will be able to enjoy life to the fullest.

 

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.

Rod Stone
Author,
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