These four simple exercises from the experts at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter can give you great stability—a key component of fitness. Place a chair nearby so you can grab it for support if needed.
1. Walk the line: Walk in a straight line across the room. Place the heel of one foot directly in front of the toes of the other.
2. Balance on one foot: Close your eyes and see how long you can balance on one foot. Work up to at least 15 seconds on each side.
3. Toes Lift: Rise up on your toes 10 times without holding onto anything. Repeat with eyes shut.
4. Knee Lift: Stand on one leg, and raise the other foot slightly off the ground. Then slightly bend the raised leg at the knee for 10 to 15 seconds; switch legs. Repeat 10 times. Then do the exercise again with eyes closed.
From our sister publication, REMEDY’s Healthy Living (Spring 2012)