According to The National Institutes of Health, falls are the number one cause of fractures, hospital admissions for trauma, loss of independence and injury-related deaths in older adults. But falls are not an inevitable part of life, even as a person gets older. Prevention is key, and increasing lower body strength with exercise is an important part of that.
But did you know that balance exercises also increase your brainpower? The National Academy of Sports Medicine reports that research has shown that just two sessions of balance training can lead to structural changes in the brain’s gray matter (which coordinates sensory and motor information) and white matter (which primarily provides connectivity). This can help us in everyday life.
I created a short routine of balance exercises that I am using with a lot of success in my senior fitness classes and with personal training clients. I wanted to share this exclusive video with you because having good balance is vital for all of us. These exercises should be done standing beside a chair so you can hold on if needed.