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Balance exercises

When you’re ready to try balance exercises, start with weight shifts:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs.
  • Shift your weight to your right side, then lift your left foot off the floor.
  • Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.

View Mayo Clinic’s slideshow for more exercises you can use to improve your balance.

Source: Mayo Clinic; Slideshow: Balance exercises