We hear it all the time… The first thing that goes as we age is our balance! Unfortunately, losing our balance and falling can lead to devastating injuries. Is there anything we can do about improving our balance? Thankfully, there is! We can develop better balance by working on our proprioception. In other words, we can do movement practices that enhance our sense of knowing where our body is in space.
According to the Save Institute:
“With the age-related decline of proprioception, there comes a reduction in standing stability and an increase in the risk of falls… Fortunately, studies with older people have found that interventions that provide targeted physical exercises can improve proprioception and subsequently reduce the likelihood of falls.”
Move daily to boost your proprioception!
Practicing feeling off balance helps to re-educate your body to react more quickly to unsteady movements without even thinking about how to do it. So next time you trip over the rug or your dog’s toy, your body is ready, willing and able to respond and keep you from falling!
Try this standing Energizing Gentle Yoga sequence that was inspired by the graceful coordination of Tai Chi. Explore balance and coordination by shifting your center of gravity through fluid movements that strengthen the lower body, core and senses. If it helps, keep a sturdy chair nearby to hold on to for extra support.