Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance — and confidence — at any age. If you’re an older adult, balance exercises are especially important because they can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence.
Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance. But specific exercises designed to enhance your balance are beneficial to include in your daily routine and can help to improve your stability. For example, balance on one foot while you’re standing for a period of time at home or when you’re out and about. Or, stand up from a seated position without using your hands. Tai chi is a form of movement training that has been found to improve balance and stability and reduce the incidence of falls.
If you have severe balance problems or an orthopedic condition, get your doctor’s OK before doing balance exercises.