Balance and Coordination Exercises
We don't hear too much about exercises for balance but there are specific activities that help build lower extremity muscle strength as well as improve your vestibular system, the organ associated with balance perception. Balance exercises are particularly beneficial in the elderly as they have been shown to help prevent falls. Each year, U.S. hospitals have 300,000 admissions for broken hips, and falling is often the cause of those fractures. Balance exercises can help you stay independent by helping avoid disabilities that may result from falling. Your brain, muscles, and bones all work together to maintain your body’s balance and keep you from falling. These three organ systems are focused on in balance exercises to provide a complete integrative exercise program. Often strength is initially targeted with exercises later modified to incorporate the vestibular system by once stance/eye closed progression. Check out balance and coordination exercises.