"Which exercises can I do at home to improve my balance?"

Over the last 15 years, I have been asked this question at least once a week...

That's why I put together the Balance Boost video series - a free, 4-week programme for people who want to improve their balance and feel strong and steady on their feet. You get weekly emails with a new exercise video each week. The videos are short, clear and easy to follow. With the Balance Boost video series, you will feel confident doing balance exercises at home. 

The videos have been great, I do the exercises most days and they have been a great help.

Maria R, 74
 

Claudine Aherne

Hi, I’m Claudine, the founder of Vida Wellness.

Over 5 years, I watched my grandmother lose the ability to get up and down the stairs. That meant she had to sleep in her living room, because she couldn’t get up to the bedrooms... And at my wedding reception, we had to carry her up the stairs to drink with us. It was heartbreaking.

There’s a lot more to her story but the point is that I saw and felt the impact of reduced fitness on my grandmother’s life. This is one of the reasons why I do the work I do.

I have seen what can happen to people who have trouble with their balance, when a trip on the pavement becomes a bad fall. They go from leading full, active lives to losing confidence and being frightened to go out. Broken wrists, shoulders and hips can be hard to recover from. The result of just one trip or fall on the pavement can be devastating. 

That’s why I spent many years training as an specialist exercise instructor. I have obtained numerous qualifications, studying in both the UK and the US. I have worked with people of all ages and with medical conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease and Parkinson's. 

Over the last 15 years my team and I have helped thousands of people to improve their balance. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with all the people I have. I see all the challenges they are going through (caring for spouses, helping with grandchildren, dealing with health complications) and am continually impressed by their strength of character. They keep on going with the exercises so that they can keep on going with all their other commitments.

I feel honoured to have been able to help them improve their balance and continue with their busy lives, and would love to help you too.

The video made the programme `alive’. It was easy to follow, fit into one`s day, and, because it’s not too strenuous, I felt better at the end of the work-out.

Penny N, 74

Thanks for sending the videos to us! They aren’t the least bit intimidating and couldn’t be clearer. I find having a video rather than a written exercise plan much more motivating and easier to stick to.

Lindy S, 68

The videos support home exercise because you appear to be working with another person who is encouraging you. This is especially important for those of us who live alone.

Sue N, 72

Do you want to:

  • Feel strong and steady on your feet?
  • Avoid trips or tumbles?
  • Go out and enjoy the world, standing up tall and feeling confident?
  • Walk without hesitation, feeling safe and in control?
  • Get on with your life, travel and make plans, without feeling like your balance issues are a barrier to the things you want to do?

How we can help

Simple exercises (like those in the Balance Boost 4 week programme) can help you to improve your balance, feel steadier on your feet and more confident every day.

So, what is Balance Boost?

It's a free, 4 week video series for people who want to do exercises at home to improve their balance. 

You get weekly emails with a new exercise video each week. 

The exercises are demonstrated by a specialist instructor, so that you feel confident doing balance exercises at home.

You will receive valuable information about your balance and performing balance exercises at home (we answer all the most common questions we get about doing balance exercises and exercising at home). You will also learn about other simple steps you can take to maintain your balance. 

About the Balance Boost videos

The videos are short (between 6 to 8 minutes), so you can do the exercises and get on with your day.

You can watch them anytime, on your tablet, computer or phone.

There's nothing to download and you don't need to remember any passwords. 

What else do I need to know about the Balance Boost videos?

There's no loud music or leaping around.

You don't need to change your clothes to do the exercises (and you definitely don't need snazzy leggings or sports wear).

We encourage you to exercise at your own pace and won't push you to overdo it. Take a rest if you want to, challenge yourself a bit more if you feel up to it. You know your body much better than we do! 

image of Balance Boost week 1 video on a desktop screen

Your videos are brilliant, clear and easy to follow.

Jane H, 78 ... Wimbledon
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