Balance

We use our ability to balance in many everyday activities– even using the stairs requires balance! As we age, it is important to work on balance to prevent falls and fall-related injuries.

Length: 6 minutes

Join certified fitness leader Caroline MacLennan as she guides you through 4 exercises to improve your balance. The video includes instructions to modify for different mobility levels. Equipment needed: a wall.

Length: 9 minutes

Join certified fitness leader Caroline MacLennan as she guides you through 6 exercises to improve your posture by focusing on the muscles in your shoulders, neck and upper back. Equipment needed: a wall, resistance band or a long household item (towel, broomstick, or belt).

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This exercise routine is created by the National Health Service and includes a series of 5 easy step-by-step  exercises to help improve your balance. There is also a printable PDF guide of these exercises available. Equipment needed: a wall, a small step. 

Length: Each video in the program is approximately 2 minutes.

This series of videos for older adults is created by Finding Balance BC. The videos include exercises for improving balance and muscle strength. The exercises are arranged into three different levels of activity and can be done sitting, standing, or moving. They are offered in multiple languages (English, Farsi, Chinese, Punjabi) and PDF printouts of the exercises with instructions are also available. Equipment needed: sturdy chair with arms, flat countertop.

Length: 8 minutes

This video from the National Institute on Aging includes 3 balance exercises for older adults. These exercises are done while standing and walking. Equipment needed: sturdy chair.

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These PDFs printable handouts are created by Finding Balance BC for fall prevention. The handouts include instructions for 7 balance and strength exercises that can be done while seated or standing. Equipment needed: sturdy chair with arms, flat countertop.

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