I read somewhere that balancing exercises can help against dementia!
Firstly I read too much!!
Now I do balancing exercises many of the days when I walk the dogs.
I let them off lead and then I stand on one foot and count to 45! I must look hilarious at times wobbling about.
One side is far easier than the other.
A friend also recently told me to put one foot in front of the other in a straight line and that sounded and looked so easy but is not.
As we age, our balance gets worse for some reason, and i think it is important to do some form of balance exercise as it could prevent falls in old age?
Balance exercises are a great idea as we age. They prevent muscular atrophy, and the exercise stimulates the muscles. What holds up our bones and skeleton? The muscles of course. If the muscles atrophy, then we have nothing to hold us upright, and this is where falls and balance problems come into play. Using our muscles stimulates them, and helps them to remember what they are supposed to do. Otherwise, they will 'forget ', and we will fall. Having said all that, general exercise like walking or swimming, where the leg muscles are stimulated, are just as beneficial for balance and overall health.
When I was a child, I had rubbish balance due to dyspraxia, but my mum took me to coordination classes which really helped. I was still not brilliant with balance until I got older and took up yoga and pilates and my balance improved immensely.