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Tandem (or tightrope) walk – dynamic balance exercise video

The tandem walk will improve your balance, helping you to feel steadier on your feet and more confident.

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As this is a balance exercise, you may wobble and need to take a step to steady yourself. You don’t know in advance which exercises will make you feel unsteady, so please walk next to something you can hold onto (e.g. a table, kitchen worktop).

Click play on the video above and we can do the tandem stand together!

If you would like to make this harder, try adding in a mental challenge (see this Brain Boosts video for ideas) or closing your eyes briefly.

If you feel quite unsteady, pretend you are walking on a wide plank, rather than a tightrope. Keep taking small steps, but instead of placing the foot directly in front of the other, put it a little bit to the side. This will give you a wider base of support.

When you do the tandem walk, remember to:

  • Leave a small gap between your feet (they don’t have to touch)
  • Keep your knees soft
  • Keep standing up tall (don’t lean into or away from your support)
  • Look straight ahead
  • Move in a controlled, steady manner (don’t rush!)
  • Keep breathing regularly
  • Take care when you turn around, as this can make some people feel dizzy. Step your feet together, pause a second and turn towards the support.


If you enjoyed this exercise, you may also like the following videos:

Tandem stand

Better Balance Level 1 (Foundation)

Better Balance Level 2 (Challenge)

Ankle Strength & Balance Level 1 (Foundation)

Ankle Strength & Balance Level 2 (Challenge)


Do you enjoy the Tandem Walk? How many steps can you do without wobbling or holding on?

 Join the conversation in the comments below!


All material in this article and video is provided for information and educational purposes only. It is not advice and should not be relied on as such. Always consult an exercise or health professional if you have any health issues and need personalised advice. With this in mind, we hope you enjoy reading our articles and watching our videos.


Claudine

Written by Claudine Aherne - Specialist Exercise Instructor, Vida Wellness

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