If you are aging in place or just stuck inside due to quarantine you will likely need a way to stay healthy and active. It’s not all that easy when you can’t leave your house. While a walk may have been your go-to exercise in the spring, summer, and fall, the winter months have come in with cold, harsh temperatures making it less likely that you’ll be able to get outside for any serious exercise.
The good news is that there are some great exercises you can do inside your home that will keep you moving and active during these cold winter months. Today, we’re going to focus on some balance exercises that will help you steady yourself and maintain a good center of gravity. This is critically important as moving around your home requires balance and these exercises, if done consistently, can help keep you safe as you move through your home. These are very simple and require no equipment at all so you should be able to do them without spending any money.
- Stand on one foot for 10 seconds. Alternate to your other foot.
- Walk for 20 feet by putting your heel of one foot to your toes of the other foot. It is ok here if you need a wall to steady yourself, but work your way up to not needing that at all.
- Simply walk a straight line and try to remain as straight as possible.
- Light chair exercises can be good to continue working on balance, especially if standing or walking are issues. If you can sit in a chair and do some leg bends up to your chest or as far as you can get your legs, this will continue to help you build strength and stamina to get yourself to a point where you may be able to do balance exercises.
Exercising can be a challenge when your usual items like going for a walk are taken out of the mix, but working on some strength and balance while you’re stuck inside during the winter months will go a long way in helping your other exercise routines in the spring and summer months.
As always, before starting any new exercise routine you should check with a medical provider to ensure that you are strong enough and able to perform these exercises safely.