Walk the Thin Red Line: Introducing Mary Fugle from Wise Women’s Workouts
By: Mary Fugle from Wise Women’s Workouts
I am always looking for new ideas to help my pilates and personal training clients (particularly the golfers and those over 65) with balance, especially, since I can be a bit of a klutz myself! I was surprised to learn that you start to lose your balance in early 30s!
Neil Cherian, MD, a neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic notes,
“As you age, common disorders such as vision, arthritis, and a diminished number of nerve endings in the feet can negatively affect your balance. As a result, you’re more likely to trip and fall, and that’s dangerous, especially as your bones become more brittle after menopause.”
Dr. Cherian notes that cardiovascular workouts like hiking and climbing can help maintain and improve your equilibrium.
Try activities that challenge your center of gravity:
1. Standing on one leg, or bending and straightening can help keep you steady on your feet.
2. I have my clients end their workout with a yoga tree pose or Eagle pose.
3. I also suggest that people stand on one leg while they brush their teeth on one side of their mouth and switch legs while they do the other side of their mouth. You could also try this while blow-drying your hair, but I’d advise men this may be a little too adventurous while shaving! Like most thing, when it comes to balance, you need to use it or lose it!
Walk the thin red line – the heel-to-toe walk targets the core and leg muscles. Imagine your are walking on a tightrope. Extend your arms out to the side, and carefully place one foot in front of the other. Walk 10 to 20 steps, then turn around and walk back to the starting position.
Repeat two to three times per week.
While this may seem simple, it is just this sort of workout that will keep you in a Zumba class when you are 80 years old!
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