Tips to improve your balance

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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 08:32:17 CST

Keeping one's balance is extremely important for all of us. But especially for the elderly. In tonight's special edition of What's Going Around we look at some helpful tips to improve your balance. Dr. Michael Hanich with the Kearney Clinic spoke about Balance and ways to improve your balance. He says there are several exercises. He says that standing up against the wall for sixty seconds with your eyes closed is a great balance exercise. He says it also helps to do this in front of a mirror to see if you are still standing straight when you open your eyes. He says once you get good at doing that exercise you can do a different exercise that consists of raising one foot off the ground for sixty seconds and then change feet and stand on one foot for another sixty seconds. Hanich says that these exercises will improve your balance and he believes that while you are standing there with your eyes closed. One of the things you need to do is concentrate on your center of gravity. That will allow you to improve your balance. He says that he thinks you can become better at eye hand coordination type of things by working at it but there are some people born with the talent. He says that some people do balancing exercises to improve their golf game. Hanich says that for an older person making a point of not changing positions rapidly is a good idea. Moving around to fast can adversely change an older person's blood pressure and can cause them to get dizzy or even pass out. Hanich encourages older people to sit for 10 to 15 seconds before getting out of bed in the morning, or when going to the bathroom in the middle of the night. In fact a lot of people actually fall after passing urine if they stand up too suddenly. Something for everyone to keep your brain sharper: exercise, and problem solving. Do them every day.