Updated: Dec 3, 2020
Training your balance is very interesting because you will never know if it is truly working. It is impossible to know how may falls you may have prevented due to improving your balance, but consider each year without a fall a big win!
So, why train balance? It can be kind of boring, you don’t get SWOLE, and you’re kind of just hoping it works right? NOPE! Balance/neuromuscular control ( <— fancy word) training has been shown to...
- Decrease the RISK of ACL tears in youth athletes
- Decrease the RISK of falls in older adults
- Decreases the RISK of re-injury of ankle sprains
- Is associated with IMPROVED longevity
Of all the benefits of balance training, preventing falls in older adults is the most important for improving longevity. When someone falls later in life they are much more susceptible to hip fractures which have a direct correlation with increased mortality and decreased quality of life.
Obviously, training balance as you age is important, but why wait? Start training your balance NOW! It‘s super easy and you can do it almost anywhere. Wash the dishes on one foot. Each commercial break try to balance for the entire length. You’ll never know when it will come in handy.
Best of luck on your health journey. If you are interested in learning more about how Blue Iron Physio can help you lead and active, healthy, and pain free life, click here, to schedule a call with Dr. David Schwartz.