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What are some exercises for balance problems?

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Exercises for balance problems include standing on one foot, stork swims and t-slides. Classes that focus on movement training, such as tai chi and yoga, also help with balance.

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Any on-the-feet activity, even walking, can improve or maintain balance. Appropriate exercises and the benefit they provide vary depending on the practitioner. The practitioner increases the difficulty of these balance exercises by holding small weights.

To stand on one foot, stand normally with an even weight distribution. Lift one foot off the ground, and hold it in place for up to 30 seconds. Repeat the process with the other leg.

To perform a stork swim, stand on one foot, and bend the other leg. Put that leg's knee behind the body at hip height, and then extend the leg straight out. While doing so, extend the arms straight out as well. Hold the position for at least 10 seconds, and repeat the process with the other leg.

To perform t-slides, stand on the toes with the heels raised off the ground. Extend the arms straight out with the palm facing forwards. Move the arms back and forth an inch each way, and repeat for 25 repetitions. Perform the same movement with the palm facing up and down.

Tai chi and yoga classes are typically available at fitness centers. Books and videos are alternative methods to learn tai chi and yoga techniques.

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