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Do you sometimes feel unsteady on your feet? Would you say your balance isn’t as good as it used to be? Have you thought that weak ankles could be contributing to your balance difficulties?
‘Sorry to interrupt you, but do you know where my keys/ golf clubs/ red socks are?’.
We’ve all been there. You finally get around to doing some exercises at home. You are a few minutes into your video, concentrating and starting to feel good. Then someone shouts up the stairs, or the door opens and someone pops their head round with a question for you.
Do you sometimes try to stand on one leg while brushing your teeth or waiting for the kettle to boil?
Dumbbells, kettlebells, TRX, sandbags, rebounders, swiss balls, foam rollers, pilates rings… There’s so much exercise equipment available these days.
And that’s without even going to a gym, with all the treadmills, spin bikes and weight machines.
You could buy a new piece of equipment every week (especially if you get drawn into the shopping channels), but will you ever use them?
When you are trying to follow online exercise videos at home, it's really frustrating if you can't hear the instructions clearly.
You aren't sure what you are meant to do and end up with your legs and arms in the wrong place at the wrong time. You feel confused and embarrassed (even though no-one can see you!). All you want to do is to concentrate on the exercises without worrying about hearing the instructions...
Have you ever left a doctor’s appointment and remembered an important question on the way home?
This happened to me recently. The appointment was for a minor issue and my doctor is very warm and easy to talk to. I wasn't too worried but there was something I really wanted to ask her.
We get asked this question a lot, and it’s an important one. In this article I will share some guidelines to help you understand whether you should see your doctor before starting a new exercise programme.
Many people ask this as they are worried about the possible risks of exercising. However, for almost everyone, performing the right type of exercise, at the right level, is one of the best things you can do for your health. The benefits of exercise almost always outweigh the risks.
For the last 60 or 70 years, you never gave walking a second thought; you just got on with it.
Now you find yourself having to concentrate when you are walking. You are paying attention and trying hard to stay steady. Instead of enjoying your surroundings, you find yourself looking down and worrying.
Geoff was anxious as he had been having trouble with his balance for some weeks (probably several months, once he stopped to think about it). He felt unsteady on the stairs and was even sometimes wobbling when he was standing still, which he hadn’t experienced before.
While this was concerning to Geoff, he wasn’t sure that it warranted a doctor’s appointment. He thought the symptoms would probably pass in another week or two. In the meantime, he didn’t want to waste his doctor’s time.
I get asked this question all the time. People who want to maintain their balance know that doing regular exercise will help them to feel stronger and steadier on their feet. They are thinking about going to the gym but aren’t sure if it’s right for them.
Often their children and grandchildren are regular (fanatical even?) gym-goers. They want to understand if they could also benefit from going to the gym.