Lack of balance is the primary cause for falls and injury! Here’s a simple test to find out if you’re well-balanced!
Life is a balancing act!
Balance is an intrinsic component of life that decreases as we age – often with disastrous results!
Like breathing – it is achieved almost without conscious thought. And, also like breath – we usually only think about it after we’ve lost it – which is just a split second too late.
While balancing may not seem to be as critically important as breathing – ones ability to continue breathing may very well depend on their ability to remain balanced!
The simple act of standing requires balance. Walking requires balance. As does reaching, turning, jumping, running, skipping, bending. Bending requires flexibility AND balance. Oh, oh. Double trouble! The flagrant flogging of my article ‘ Stretching for Dummies‘ at this juncture is strictly for your benefit. Of course!
After all, loss of balance is the primary reason for falls, affecting one in five persons – and one in three adults aged 65 or older. Besides the personal pain, suffering, and inconvenience it presents – it also puts an enormous strain on the medical system that escalates towards a, um, ‘dizzying’ quarter TRILLION dollars annually!
While strokes and other neurological issues cannot be avoided – most of the everyday tumbles associated with inadequate balance – CAN!
Here is a simple test to see where you stand with the ‘Balancing Act of Life‘:
Standing straight and tall on both feet, arms at sides.
Slowly lift one foot off the ground keeping your eyes focused in front of you and breathing normally.
If this proves simple – close one eye.
Followed with closing both eyes, if still maintaining.
With both eyes closed, slowly turn head to the left. Then right.
Repeat the process on other foot.
This may seem simple to you, but for too many others – it is the furthest thing from! This short test will give you an excellent indication as to whether you are a well-balanced soul – or whether you are a prime candidate for a fall from grace!
The simple rule is this: If you are flailing – you are failing!
Since balance is about maintaining the ‘centre of gravity‘, and our centre of gravity resides in the abdominal area – or ‘core‘ – the simplest method to improve balance is to increase ‘core strength‘. This usually means some form of abdominal – or ‘ab’ work – such as sit-ups or crunches.
Not only will you wind up being better balanced – you will also have a flatter mid-section as collateral damage! Not a bad by-product of simply increasing your odds of skipping through life unscathed!
Because – isn’t the ultimate goal to keep ones balance all the way to the finish line?
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