Balance is the even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. It’s something we take for granted until we don’t have it anymore. Why do we lose our sense of balance as we age? Well, there can a be a variety of reasons, but the most common is lack of use. As we age we have a tendency to be less vigorous, exercise less, challenge our bodies less and generally just move less. This lack of movement in all aspects can lead to muscle deterioration and loss of the proprioception (stimuli produced and perceived by the movement of the body) of our muscles. This is the beginning of the decline. Because of this we become less confident in our ability to move and move even less. This leads to more and more loss as the cycle continues. Soon there is shuffling of the feet to keep as much contact with the ground as possible.
As with all deterioration of the body, decline is inevitable over time. However, you do have the ability to hold it off and even reverse an amount of it. Through physical activity that challenges your balance, restores strength and corrects muscular imbalances in strength and flexibility, you can see large improvements in your ability to move your body in multiple environments. We have clients that have seen improvement including just wanting to walk more easily or navigate the garden safely, all the way up to being able to hop onto or over obstacles and improve coordination on the tennis court.
Restoring the physical requirements as well as reminding the body that it can do these things takes time. Schools of discipline that can help include, personal training, aqua fitness, yoga, pilates and martial arts like Qi Gong. At ActiviKey, we offer all these options to help you get comfortable on your feet again. The best part, is you don’t have to pick just one!
Give us a call and get standing comfortably on your own two feet again.