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The Best Ways to Improve Your Balance

Saturday, August 25, 2018 8:59:52 AM Australia/Melbourne

The Best Ways to Improve Your BalanceYou may not know this, but your hearing and your balance are very much intertwined. They’re a great example of the catalyst effect that different illnesses and injuries can have on completely unrelated parts of your health. As we get older, our hearing does tend to decline, and when this happens, there are a surprising number of associated issues. One of these is your sense of balance. Luckily there are tips and tricks that the Hearlink team can share, which may make all of the difference in the world. If you’re a regular visitor to the Hearlink blog, you know that we see this as a really valuable tool for the journey of your hearing and your health. We strongly believe that in order for you to make the right decisions for you, you need to have all of the facts. The Hearlink blog regularly features content that we hope you’ll find entertaining and informative. Today, that means that we’re talking about the best ways for you to improve your balance. Read on for our favourite tips:

 

Make a conscious effort to work on it. As you age, your balance will inherently suffer. This can quickly become a chicken and egg situation as the rest of your physical wellbeing depletes. If you keep this in the back of your mind and make strategic shifts so that you’re actively challenging yourself, you’ll set yourself up for success.

 

Keep tabs on issues that may affect your ears. If you have an ear infection, deal with vertigo, or even take specific medications, you may be impacting your vestibular function, which focuses on your inner ear. If these issues get worse, get yourself to you doctor right away.

 

A great proactive way to limit balance issues is strength training. Did you know that your balance will begin to deteriorate as early as your mid-20s? You can still start strength training at any age. There was even a study back in 2013 which determined that “improvement in lower limb strength can lead to balance enhancement in neurologically intact older people.”

 

We also can’t undersell flexibility training. Picture a flamingo and its stance. If you stand like this or try similar exercises on a regular basis, you’ll begin to see positive results and fast. You’ll probably find that you’re stronger on one side versus the other, don’t let this deter you. You don’t need any special equipment, just balance on one leg and then the other. Looking for bonus points? If you close your eyes, you’ll push yourself even further to find your center of gravity. Other activities that can be helpful in the space are step-ups and sit downs. You simply need a chair. For the first activity, you alternate stepping up into the air and hopping back down. For the second, slowly sit down and stand up, engaging your core.

 

Questions? Comments? Let us know. The Hearlink team would love to hear from you.

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