Balance With Kathy

We have a new segment of videos we will share from Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging to help us stay active at home. Below each video we will post the information they want you to know.

Today we introduce you to Kathy. “CCAA certified senior fitness instructor, Kathy, leads participants through basic balance training technique and tips followed by a variety of single-leg exercises with modifications to challenge balance at all levels of ability.”

Best Practices
Ensure that the exercise space in your home is a safe environment for movement, for example, your floor surface should be free of tripping hazards such as cords and scatter rugs.
Wear proper athletic footwear and comfortable clothing that allows you to move around freely.
Balance activities should be challenging and performed near a stable support such as a sturdy chair, wall, counter or railing.
Flexibility exercises (dynamic and static) should be performed at light-to moderate- intensities.Pain-free range-of-motion (dynamic) movements around joints should be performed at light intensities.
Moderately challenging static stretches can be held for 15-20 seconds (a slight pull should be felt in the muscle during lengthening).
Balance and flexibility sessions should each last a minium of 5 minutes.
Any amount of physical activity is beneficial, but the closer you get to daily integration of balance and flexibility activities the longer functional benefits are maintained and the more likely you are to see improvement in these areas.
Don’t forget to review the disclaimer and if possible chat with your doctor before beginning any new exercise program.

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