Balance exercises

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Every activity requires the ability to balance (hold the body steady or hold some parts steady while other parts move). Balance exercises improve the ability of your muscles and tendons to hold you steady by improving the co-ordination and strength of your muscles. Balance exercises also train your muscles to respond quickly to any unexpected changes, such as a slippery or wobbly surface. As a result, they can reduce the risk of injuries from falling.

Balance exercise options

Balance training is an important part of any activity program. Build in the following simple balance exercises to your daily habits.

  • Try standing on one leg while you brush your teeth or while you take a phone call at work.
  • Practise yoga poses such as ‘tree pose’ while you take a break from sitting at the library.
  • Keep a soft wobble disc/sit disc in your home and practise standing on it first with both feet and then progressing to single foot balance.

Activities such as yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi can all help improve your balance.

Yoga poses to improve balance

Side plank


Tree pose



Warrior 1



Warrior 2


Last updated: May 2nd 2016