3 Moves For Better Balance

30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. Aim for twice on each side. Keeping stomach muscles contracted will help.

The dancer’s pose: Better balance is one of yoga’s benefits, and this pose is particularly effective. Stand straight, feet together, arms at your sides. Raise your right arm out in front of you, thumb toward the ceiling.

Lift your left leg behind you, bending at the knee. Reach back with your left hand to grab your left foot and help bring it toward your rear. You can lift your right arm higher for better balance. Hold briefly, then return to start and repeat on the other side. Repeat up to four times on each side.

Ready for more? One of the best ways to strengthen muscles and improve balance as well as agility, flexibility and relaxation is with tai chi. It emphasizes footwork and teaches you how to balance in many positions. Look for local classes, which are often held outdoors to add to its feeling of serenity.

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The American Council on Exercise has more balance exercises you can do in just minutes.