Bet­ter Bal­ance

Health & Nutrition - - FITNESS FORUM -

WArm aer­o­bics can de­lay the leg pain that makes walk­ing dif­fi­cult for peo­ple with pe­riph­eral ar­te­rial dis­ease (PAD). PAD is a dis­ease in which plaque build-up lim­its blood sup­ply to mus­cles dur­ing ex­er­tion. hen do­ing the fol­low­ing sim­ple bal­ance ex­er­cises, stand near some­thing you can use for sup­port if needed, or do them with a part­ner. l Test your bal­ance by see­ing how long you can stand on one foot with your eyes closed. Most peo­ple over 40 can’t go past 15 sec­onds. Even if you can, try to im­prove your time. l Rise up on your toes 10 times. Re­peat with your eyes shut. l Stand on one foot for 10 to 15 sec­onds; switch legs; re­peat 10 times. Then do it again with your eyes closed. l Walk a straight line, plac­ing the heel of one foot di­rectly in front of the toes of the other foot.

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