Balance Tools

Two of the most popular ways to maintain health and fitness as an older adult is through classes and home exercises. Scientific research has shown that improving balance is key to decreasing risk of falling. But how does one choose a class that is likely to help improve balance? What types of activities should one do at home to improve balance? How can an instructor make their class good for balance and falls prevention? What are the ‘keys’?
To answer these questions, the Dane County Falls Prevention Task Force in Wisconsin identified evidence-based criteria for the types of activities shown to improve balance. These are ‘The Keys to Better Balance’!

a) static balance activities
b) dynamic balance activities
c) dynamic gait training
d) dual-task training

‘The Keys to Better Balance’ have been made into easy-to-use documents with video examples of these activities.

Keys to Better Balance: Instructor Resource

Keys to Better Balance: Community Resource

Keys to Better Balance: Community and Instructor Resource

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please read, watch, download, share and ask more questions! Here’s to your good balance!

9 Dynamic Balance Side Stepping

11 Dynamic Balance Compass Exercise Explanation

13 Dynamic Gait Figure Eight

15 Dynamic Gait Walking  with Side Head Turns

17 Dynamic Gait High Stepping Slow

3 Static Balance One Leg Standing

4 Static Balance Standing on Toes

16 Dynamic Gait Walking with Up Down Head Movement

5 Dynamic Balance Sit Stand with Arms, Side View

19 Dual Tasking Explanation

8 Dynamic Balance Sit Stand No Arms, Front View

10 Dynamic Balance Side Stepping with Device

12 Dynamic Balance Compass Exercise

14 Dynamic Gait Figure Eight Tight

2 Static Balance Tandem Standing, Semi and Full

7 Dynamic Balance Sit Stand with Arms, Front View

6 Dynamic Balance Sit Stand Side No Arms, Side View

1 Four Components of Balance Practice

18 Dynamic Gait High Stepping Quick

20 Dual Tasking Quick Changes

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