Building your balance is one of the best ways to avoid a fall. Balance plays a very important role in conducting daily activities such as walking, grocery shopping and driving a car. Quick responses by our bodies are needed to process information from our surroundings, allowing us to react and control our movements.
It is recommended that three hours of strength and balance exercises are performed each week to help strengthen our bones and muscles. These activities do not have to be performed all at once, you can split the activities into much shorter blocks of time.
When challenging your balance, it is important that you maintain safety. In order to do so, it is important to always have a stable surface close to you in case you need to hold onto something.
If you have not challenged your balance in a while or do not feel confident doing the balance exercises, please contact your GP, Physiotherapist or other health professional before starting these exercises.
If you would like to find activities that can help you move your body, visit our online directory of classes to find an exercise class near you or watch our videos to see what other fun activities you can participate in within your local community or in your own home.
Stay On Your Feet® has designed numerous resources to help you learn about simple ways in which you can build your balance. We encourage you to view our Build Your Balance exercise videos, complete our online Move Your Body learning module and to take our Move Your Body quiz for more information.