Balance Challenge and resources

I wanted to provide a brief insight as to why balance is so important at The Core. We incorporate balance into every class because it is such an important component to life. We balance to walk, to step onto a curb, to reach for something high in the cupboard, to hike in the woods, etc. Balance is something that gets more challenging as we age. Balance is referred to as an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. This is such an important component to improve your quality of life.┬áMany injuries as we age come from falls. Falls in the home or on a walk and we may not always be able to prevent these things from happening but by training our balance and strengthening our muscles we can minimize the damage. So what factors limit us from being able to balance? First of all, the cerebellum of the brain is what is responsible for balance, movement and coordination. There are many disorders out there that affect our balance especially as we get older. Our Eyes give us the input we need to be able to balance. As we lose our vision or have different issues with our vision this will affect our balance. With different disorders, we may not always be able to fix the issue but we can practice and learn to balance within our limitations. Glasses,for example,affect our ability to be in an upright position because we can’t always use our peripherals without turning the entire head. Same would apply for bifocals.

Proprioception determines where your body (limbs) are in space without being able to see them. As we get older or suffer from injuries, increased scar tissue interferes with the message being sent to the brain of where our limb is in space without being able to see it. Training body awareness and balance can help you better understand your body.

Ears: Vertigo may be something that comes to mind when we think of the ears. An imbalance here can cause dizziness in certain head positions or quick movements. It is important to note and understand if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and modify exercises accordingly.

I have attached resources at the bottom of this post if you wish to read more indepth on any vestibular disorders or how you can improve your balance. If you have any resources to add please send me a link!

 

How the Balance System works:
https://www.eyeandear.org.au/page/Patients/Patient_information/Balance_Disorders/How_does_the_balance_system_work/

Balance Exercises:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/balance-training-to-boost-health/art-20270119

Balance Disorders
http://balanceandmobility.com/for-patients/how-to-control-your-balance/

Vestibular Disorders
https://vestibular.org/sites/default/files/page_files/Balance%20and%20Aging_0.pdf

Balance and aging video (long but informative)

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