30 Days To Dramatically Improve Your Balance

Based upon a successful program we've taught over the past 10 years! 

Commit to ONLY 10 to 15 minutes a day for the month of August and watch your ability to balance dramatically improve.

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The ability to balance on one leg may be able to predict life expectancy in middle-aged and older adults, new research has found.

For people over 50 years old, not being able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds was associated with a higher risk of death from all causes within the next decade, according to the study, published Tuesday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The findings suggest it may be useful to add the 10-second balance test as part of routine physical exams for that age group.

"We regularly need to stay in a one-legged posture, to move out of a car, to climb, or to descend a step or stairs and so on," lead study author Claudio Gil Soares Araújo, MD, PhD, a sports and exercise physician at the Exercise Medicine Clinic Clinimex, in Rio de Janeiro, told Health. "So not having this ability or being afraid of doing so, is likely related to loss of autonomy and, in consequence, less exercise and the snowball starts."

As individuals age, aerobic fitness, muscle strength, and flexibility tend to diminish gradually, but balance skills remain relatively intact—at least until the sixth decade of life, when they start to diminish quickly, according to researchers.

"It is widely recognized that low aerobic fitness is associated with poor health [but] much less attention has been paid to non-aerobic fitness—muscle strength and power, flexibility, and balance," said Dr. Araùjo. "All these three components of non-aerobic physical fitness are potentially relevant for good health and, even more relevant for survival in older subjects."

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