This is not obviously a balance exercise, but give it a try, you might be surprised!
By turning our head when we march on the spot, we challenge several of our balance systems.
As we turn our eyes to the side, our visual system is less able to provide inputs to help us maintain our balance.
Turning our head while we walk makes it harder for our inner ear to help us stay steady.
This exercise helps us because it replicates real life situations where we need to maintain our balance. We might be stepping off a bus onto a busy street, or walking on uneven ground at the same time as trying to keep an eye on our grandchildren.
As with all balance exercises, we recommend doing this next to a support (kitchen worktop, back of a chair).
You might not need to hold on at all, but it's good to have something there just in case.
If you enjoyed this exercise, you may also like the following videos:
Tandem (tightrope) Walk (3 minutes)
How do you find this exercise? Is it harder than you think it will be?
What other real-life situations do you think this could help you with?
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