As you age, it may become more difficult to maintain your balance. In a news segment last year, an exercise physiologist was talking about ways in which to inoculate yourself against the tottering (and falling) that may occur in your dotage.
They tested a number of volunteers of varying age to see how long they could stand on one foot with closed eyes. The times greatly varied; even some of the younger participants struggled to remain steady for longer than five seconds.
Since I have just started to practice this exercise, I've modified it. I'm going to build up my balance-ability by standing on one foot, eyes opened. As I do it, I experiment by bringing my knee up or extending my leg back. It's interesting to note how the muscles and bones in my feet are scurrying around in an effort to keep me balanced.
As safety is a consideration, I always do this in front of a solid surface. Behind the couch or in front of the counter. I even do it while waiting in line-ups at the store.
Once I feel more stable standing on one foot for a longer period of time, I will begin to practice with my eyes closed.
I will patiently perform this exercise on a daily basis, knowing that I can maintain and then make gains in reversing some of those age-related losses.
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