In September, we did a series on balance training for Fall Prevention Month. We have created this easy resource for you to refer back to and share with others. If you are interested in learning more and working through a done-for-you training program, check out The Balance Gym!
Maintaining good balance is not just about staying on your feet; it’s a crucial aspect of overall health and longevity. Research has shown that poor balance can increase the risk of injuries and even contribute to higher morbidity and mortality rates. However, with the right information, targeted exercises and a few minutes of investment each day, you can take control of your balance and improve your quality of life. In this video, I’ll guide you through a series of walking exercises that are designed to challenge your balance systems and activate key neural pathways. We’ll start with the basics and gradually progress to more advanced movements. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to refine your balance skills, there’s something here for everyone.
— Morbidity and Mortality
— Walking Exercises
— Basic Balance Workout
In this video, we’ll uncover the fundamental principles of improving balance. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your brain plays a pivotal role in maintaining equilibrium, and we’ll equip you with practical exercises to immediately enhance your balance.
Beyond a discussion of the “basics” of improving balance we’ll also look at some research-based training programs that can be incredibly valuable for fall prevention.
Whether you’re a movement professional, a caregiver, or simply someone with an interest in improving your overall well-being, this video has something valuable for you.
— Improving Balance Basics
— Power Move
— Otago Exercise
In this video, we’re delving into crucial brain-based techniques to rapidly enhance your balance.
You’ll gain a deep understanding of how your brain prioritizes sensory inputs to maintain equilibrium. We’ll introduce practical exercises designed to optimize this process, leading to enhanced stability and coordination. Discover strategies aimed at minimizing sensory distractions. By allowing your brain to focus on the most critical information for balance, you’ll achieve greater stability and control.
Whether you’re an athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or simply seeking to move with confidence, these brain-based techniques are essential. Join me in this journey towards better balance and stability. Remember, your balance is the foundation for an active, vibrant life. !
— Sensory Reweighting
— Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex Drills
— Reducing Sensory Input
In this video, we are looking at key concepts surrounding the visual & vestibular systems, two integral components in maintaining balance and preventing falls. Join me as we review key principles and exercise approaches to sharpen acuity, train critical eye movements, and challenge the vestibular system – all of which are essential for better balance. While not often discussed, understanding how these systems function is the cornerstone of fall prevention strategy in many cases.
— Vision & Vestibular Systems
— Improving Acuity
— Eye Movements
Understanding how the fear of falling can actually lead to more falls is a crucial step in fall prevention. This a well-researched issue which is associated with what is known as the “stiffening process” – a form of startle leading to muscle tension and disturbed balance.
We address this by first understanding the brain’s response to perceived threats, and then use targeted exercises and training strategies to recalibrate our clients’ movements for enhanced safety and stability.
One key exercise approach we highlight in this video we simply call, Getting on the Ground Safely. This skill is not only essential for daily activities but also serves as a fundamental building block in fall prevention.
— Fear of Falling
— Stiffening Process
— Getting on the Ground Safely