7 Exercises and Stretches to Improve Your Balance
Balance training may not be at the top of your list when you head to the gym for your workout routine, but it should be. As you age, your balance steadily declines. You may not be worried about a gymnastics career, but it can be dire for your health. One out of three people age 65 and older fall each year, reports the Washington Post, with 20,400 falls resulting in death as of 2009. Balance depends on proprioception, your ability to decipher where you are in space, along with muscle strength, inner ear and visual cues. Proprioception is the responsibility of special receptors in your nerves, muscles, ligaments and tendons that send signals to your brain.