Improved Balance Through Core Stability
Thu, 01/20/2011 - 10:13am | Tricia Butynskyi
Each year, one in three adults over the age of 65, and 50 percent of seniors over the age of 80, experiences a fall. These falls often result from the inevitable musculoskeletal system changes that result from age. Changes in posture, a decrease in walking stride and loss of balance control and stability are some of the well-documented consequences of aging.
Fortunately, age-related changes to the body can be slowed through postural and core stability exercises. Core stability is the strengthening of the abdominal muscles and other muscles that help with posture. In essence, balance is your ability to maintain your center of gravity (usually around your belly button) within your base of support (over your feet). If you have a strong core, or base, then your extremities will have a strong base to move on.
Tests have shown that core stability training is beneficial in improving balance because it strengthens the abdominal and postural muscles.
Here are some good exercises for strengthening your core muscles:
Remember, an active lifestyle and a strong core can keep you on your feet and free from falls!