Balance is needed for absolutely everything we do. However, it is not something we are born with or guaranteed to maintain throughout our lifetime. It is quite the opposite. Instead, physical balance is a learned skill that we are continuously utilizing even when we don’t recognize it. When we use the word ‘balance’, often the thought of a gymnast on a beam, or a tightrope walker on a wire comes to mind. But, what about thinking about the ability to walk steadily? Did you know that balance even has the potential to prevent injuries overall? As you can tell, balance is key to many of our everyday activities and safety, and it is not all about standing on one foot with your finger on your nose either. There are many different components as to what constitutes our balance: muscular strength, sensory perception, vision, and practice. Luckily, we have the ability to practice most of these things that contribute to our balance. But how? Here are some suggestions:
1.Walk Heel to Toe
Sounds simple, right? Try walking 25 steps forward in a straight line. With each step, focus on keeping the pattern your heels striking the ground first and then your toes to follow. Once you have completed going forward. Begin walking backwards, but with your toe striking down and then your heel, for 25 steps as well. This is something that can be done daily or at your convenience (and you don’t need any special equipment!).