The Heel Walk is a great exercise if you want to feel steadier on your feet. It will strengthen the muscles at the front of your ankles. These are really important for walking well and avoiding trips and falls.
This video is less than 2 minutes long... Just watch to start with, then have a go if you think it would work for you.
We recommend performing this exercise by a wall, long table or kitchen worktop (so you have something to lean on or hold onto if you start to wobble).
To start, stand up tall and pull your toes up as high as you can. Take really small steps, pause at the end and then turn around slowly.
Think about keeping your hips pushed forwards (bottom tucked in). It's much easier to do the exercise if you stick your bottom out behind, but it won't be as effective. Also, if anyone sees you, they will think you are imitating a penguin with a bad back! At least if you keep your bottom tucked in and stand up tall, you will look more like a penguin with amazing posture...
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Better balance means you can feel confident and steady on your feet. It's easier to go out, see friends and actively participate in life when you aren't worried about your balance.
If you would like a longer balance routine (with several exercises), take a look at our Better Balance Level 1 (Foundation) video. Remember to take it at your own pace and only do exercises you feel confident doing.
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