Most people think that balance exercises are for preventing falls. Nothing could be further from the truth!
As someone who has suffered her share of broken bones, cracked teeth and other scrapes and scratches resulting from falls, I know how important balance can be on a physical level. At the same time, the emotional side-effects of poor balance are also serious.
When we feel unbalanced, we are less likely to explore the world. In addition, we are often afraid to get involved in sports, fitness activities or dancing. This is ironic because, in the long-term, these are exactly the kinds of activities that will help us to improve our balance!
So, today, I would like to look beyond fall prevention and tell you about 4 amazing things that happen when you start doing balance exercises after 50.
You Start Exploring the World
One of the biggest impacts that a lack of balance has on older adults is that it holds us back from traveling. Since all of my falls happened when I was on the road, I can totally understand this. Those cobblestones in Europe are treacherous! And, forget hiking in exotic places!
Spending just 15-20 minutes a day doing balance exercises can, quite literally, open up a new world to you.
On a personal note, I know that a lack of balance can be especially limiting for solo women travelers. There is a feeling that, if you fall, no-one will be there to help.
Trust me ladies, the best thing that I ever did was to focus intensely on improving my balance. Now, I travel to India, Bali, Myanmar, the Czech Republic and everywhere in-between without a second thought for what my feet are doing.
Where would you travel if you weren’t afraid of falling?