Are You an Upright Citizen?
We’re not questioning your morals & values, but rather your posture and balance. One definition of balance is, “an even distribution of weight enabling someone to remain upright & steady.” We know that having better body balance makes it easier to move and decrease risk of falling. Some people believe only people of a certain age need to practice balance skills, but really, we all do!
Several systems aid in our ability to maintain balance including vision, vestibular, and somatosensory. These systems provide our brain with information from the environment and our action within it. Vision responds to light, somatosensory to touch, vibration & pain, and vestibular to movements of the head. Good balance exercises incorporate one to three of these systems. Good balance exercises also should have regressions (how to make the exercise more stable/easier) and progressions (how to increase challenge).
Balance is another one of those life skills that illustrates the use-it-or-lose-it theory. Though the exercises & activities may differ, you are never too young or too old to practice balance skills. At the Y, personal trainers can help you to work on balance skills, group fitness classes include balance components, plus there are virtual balance classes on Mondays for seniors.
Watch for upcoming balance workshops this winter if you are interested in learning more about balance or challenging your balance skills.