Balance exercises can help you maintain your balance — and confidence — at any age. If you're an older adult, balance exercises are especially important because they can help you prevent falls and maintain your independence.
Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance. You can also include specific balance exercises in your daily routine. Try balancing on one foot while waiting in line, or stand up and sit down without using your hands.
If you have severe balance problems or an orthopedic condition, get your doctor's OK before doing balance exercises.
When you're ready to try balance exercises, start with weight shifts:
Standing on one leg is another common balance exercise:
You can do many balance exercises with weights. Try biceps curls with a dumbbell:
Try the shoulder press with a dumbbell:
Try the side-lateral raise with a dumbbell: