10 Best Balance Exercises To Keep You Active and Mobile as You Age

Single-Leg Stance:

Test your balance by standing upright and lifting one foot off the ground; aim for 15 to 30 seconds on each leg.

Heel-to-Toe Walk:

Improve balance and coordination by walking in a heel-to-toe pattern for 20 steps; perform two sets.

Tai Chi:

Join a class or follow online videos to practice slow, controlled movements for 20 to 30 minutes several times a week.

Standing Leg Swings:

Hold onto a stable surface and swing one leg forward and backward; perform 10 swings on each leg for two to three sets.

Clock Reach:

Lift one leg and reach it forward to different clock positions; perform two sets on each leg.

Balancing Wand Exercise:

Hold a wand or stick while balancing on one leg; move the wand in different patterns for two to three sets on each leg.

Sit-to-Stand Exercise:

Improve lower body strength by standing up from a chair without using hands for support; repeat 10 to 15 times.

Stability Ball Exercises:

Sit on a stability ball and perform core-strengthening exercises like seated marches or ball transfers; perform two to three sets of 10 to 15 reps.

Calf Raises:

Strengthen calf muscles by lifting heels off the ground and holding for a moment before lowering; repeat 15 to 20 times for two to three sets.

Yoga Tree Pose:

Stand on one leg with the other foot against the inner thigh or calf; hold for 30 seconds to a minute on each leg for two sets.