Here is our latest video showing 2 exercises that you can do to help improve your balance and how well your feet work at the same time. Try them out and see what you think.
I have talked about how important the feet are for our balance system and how we tend to not give them the attention they deserve. So you may ask, how do we go about showing our feet a little love? Well, here is my answer. In this video I show you 6 simple tips that you can implement straight away to help make your feet feel better, work better and hopefully improve your balance at the same time.
Leonardo da Vinci described the human foot as a “masterpiece of engineering and a work of art”. Considering our feet contains 25% of the bones in our bodies and 25% of the muscles in our bodies are either in the feet or help control the feet, it’s amazing that we often don’t treat them with the respect they deserve.
If we showed our feet some love more often, you will be amazed at how good they can feel, but it could also help improve your balance. To me this is a win-win.
In my last post I discussed what our balance system is and how it works. In this short video I show you two simple tests to try to see how good (or bad) your balance is. Over the next few weeks I will discuss some simple exercises you can do to help try and improve your balance. You can then go back to these balance tests and see what sort of improvement you have made.
So now you know the basics of how our balance system works and hopefully you tested your balance with our 2 simple tests. If you haven’t watched the video I posted describing these balance tests, you can watch it here.
I recently did a talk at a local retirement village on how to reduce the risk of falls (this is part of the reason I wanted to talk about balance this month).
People often think that part of getting older is having poor balance and there is nothing you can do about it. This does not have to be the case though. What you do during your life before you get ‘old’ can play a big part in how well your body ages and in particular how good your balance is. My hope with this information is that you can a) help maintain good balance before you get ‘old’ and b) if you are already ‘old’ you can improve your balance and hopefully reduce the risk of falls.
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