Sally’s Fit Tips

A simple exercise that anyone of any age, can do at home, to improve your balance by strengthening your abdominal/core muscles.

Perform the following exercise once daily, or more often if you can.

Stand close to your kitchen sink (or a very sturdy chair that will not tip).
Hold onto it with both hands.  Stand up straight, roll your shoulders up, back & down.  Try to maintain a slight squeeze between your shoulder blades. 

Slowly raise up onto your toes, while you squeeze your buttocks together & pull your stomach muscles in.  Hold for 4 seconds (count out loud), then relax your muscles as you slowly lower yourself back down.  

Be sure to keep breathing throughout the exercise.  Try to perform this at least 5 times, working up over time, to 8 – 12 repetitions.  For added benefit if desired, you may hold the pause longer, when you find that you are able to.

Specifics:  Keep your knees slightly bent throughout and stand up tall and straight with your head held high, with your chin pulled in, and your shoulders gently pulled back and downward.  

Note:  Before starting any physical activity program, it’s advisable to consult with your doctor first.

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