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Balance






Balance

noun

  1. an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady

Balance is not something we actively think about day to day.

However each day you rely so heavily on something you rarely think about or invest time and energy into.


How often do you actively work on your balance with specific balance exercises?

Balance exercises don't sound that exciting, do they?

Yet these exercises yield such a positive impact on your life.


If you are not really sure where your balance is at have a think about how you:


- Get dressed, do you lean or hold onto a wall as you step into your clothes, or do you stand on one leg and transition your weight from foot to foot.

- Do you hold or hover over a hand railing as you walk up or downstairs?

- When you stand on one leg then close your eyes - how do you feel?

- When you get into a bath, do you hold onto the edge of it?

- When you have to reach for something in a low cupboard, do you squat down or bend from the waist?

- When you get in or out of the car, do you hold the door frame or the car door for support?


When general balance is compromised it can result in a fall. A fall is defined as an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level.


The big deal here is that according to WHO ( World Health Organisation ) falls are the second leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Why is it then that we so easily dismiss balance as something for the elderly to worry about?


There are lots of lifestyle issues that affect our general balance from day to day such as:


- How much sleep you are getting

- What stress you are currently experiencing

- Your blood pressure

- How you are breathing

- How hydrated you are


Ensuring adequate sleep, minimising stress, breathing well and staying hydrated are all controlables.

By adding just a couple of balance exercises into your at home routine you very well may notice the positive effects they offer fairly quickly.


Balance is a vital for you to maintain an active lifestyle so by coupling those at home exercises with more self-care when it comes to sleep and stress management what you may notice more ease and stability in your every day life.