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Walking Exercises to Improve Balance

Walking exercises to improve balance
  1. Walk and turn your head to the left and then to the right, every other step. Try to walk about 50 ft (15 m).
  2. Walk about 50 ft (15 m) while moving your head up and down.
  3. Walk about 50 ft (15 m) while tipping your head side to side (tip your ear toward your shoulder).

When first starting this exercise, you will probably weave considerably. Weaving less while doing the exercise is a sign of progress. This is a more difficult walking exercise, so consider having someone with you.

Do this exercise twice each day. To chart your progress, gradually work up to walking 100 ft (30 m).

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Last Revised December 19, 2012

Last Revised: December 19, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine

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