This from the BottomLine Personal, December 1, 2016 edition:
“See how long you can stand on one foot with your eyes closed, and work on improving your time. Rise up on your toes 10 times with your eyes open and then 10 more times with them closed. Balance yourself on one foot for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat 10 times, then do it again with your eyes closed. Walk in a straight line, placing the heel of on foot in front of the toes of the other foot. Caution: When doing these exercises, stand near a wall or some other support.”
I give this advice almost daily to patients who have trouble with balance, but it might sound better coming from BottomLine.
A few thoughts though: start by balancing on one leg with your eyes open; for many people this is challenge enough. Same with going up on your toes: most people have plenty of trouble doing it with their eyes open, so start there and work on that for a while.
This is all stuff we do in Qigong and Tai chi classes regularly, so follow the cardinal rule: don’t struggle, stay in the ‘challenged’ zone. When it gets easy, take it up a notch by going onto one foot, or closing the eyes. Be careful! Use the wall or something solid to keep you on your feet.
And don’t take this stuff lightly; this is as good as exercise gets when it comes to ‘core stabilization’ too!