Learn a simple exercise you can integrate into your fitness routine to help improve your balance by watching this video
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Being able to maintain your balance is very important for preventing falls and staying mobile and independent. Discover a knee-touches exercise to work on your balance with this tutorial
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In this video, you'll learn how to do an exercise that will improve your balance. Please consult your doctor before attempting this exercise!
The aim of this exercise is to improve the stability of your ankles, knees and hips, as well as your self-coordination, to ensure that you can keep your balance when walking.
This exercise can be divided into two steps: getting into position, and the movement itself
Firstly, getting into position
Position yourself standing upright, your back straight and your feet shoulder-width apart
Stretch out your spine making yourself as tall as you can
Raise your head as high as possible, keeping your chin tucked in and looking straight ahead
To avoid arching your back, tense your abdominal muscles and buttocks
Hold your arms out to both sides at shoulder height, keeping your shoulders relaxed
Secondly, the movement itself
Take a deep breath in, then, as you breath out, raise one of your knees in front of you and touch it with the opposite hand
Keep your back straight; you shouldn't bend forward
Hold this position for three seconds, then gently let go
Repeat with your other leg
For better balance, keep looking straight ahead at a fixed point, pull in your stomach and clench your buttocks
Repeat the entire exercise
Remember to keep your knee still!
Once you're confident, you can do this exercise whilst walking
The slower you walk, the harder the exercise will be
By doing this exercise regularly, your balance will get better, making you more independent
Over to you!