Physical Activity For Better Balance


“What specific exercises should I do to improve my balance?”

I’m asked this question all the time. While there may not be any 1 specific exercise that will help more than others, researchers have found that physical activity leads to better balance overall.

Interestingly enough, they found that for every hour you spent doing light to moderate physical activity your balance improved by 10%. Light to moderate means you can easily carry on a conversation during the activity. This activity can really be anything from walking with friends, gardening, or water aerobics. Find something you like and have at it. You can rest assured that you’re getting better balance and better health as well.

Now, if you don’t have as much time as an hour, or if you would like to speed up your results and see improvements to you balance in the 20+% range, than you can still do whatever activity you like-so long as it is now in the moderate to vigorous intensity category. This means it’s difficult to carry on a conversation or that your responses are 2-3 words, not long explanations. In the same research study, researchers found that for every minute of higher intensity activity your improvements for better balance were 23%. That’s over double the improvements in just a fraction of the time! 

So get out and get moving and get better balance today!

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