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Why Balance Is So Important

By Sara Butler

One of the most important things you can do for your health as you age is to work on balance. Of course, balance in life is important in a lot of ways, but what the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are talking about when it comes to balance is your ability to control your body's position whether you're moving or stationary. You may not ponder the importance of balance in your daily life, but there are several benefits to making it a part of your fitness regimen to work on making your balance better.

The Benefits of Better Balance

You should add some balance training into your workout regimen because:

  • It increases body awareness - This is how your body is oriented in the pace around you, also known by the fancy phrase proprioception. Balance training helps to increase your body awareness and that, in turn, helps to reduce your chances of injury or falls, especially as you get older.
  • It improves coordination - When you work on your body's balance, then it helps your entire body to work together whether at home, at the gym, or at work
  • It improves joint stability - Promotes better stability in your hips, shoulders, ankles, and knees that can help to prevent serious injury down the road
  • It improves your reaction time - You may not think reaction time is important, but it sure can come in handle if you ever slip or stumble as you're walking to help you regain your balance and avoid a fall
  • It improves your long-term health - By working to improve and maintain proper balance, you can help to prevent falls that lead to fractures as you get older. Don't let your balance deteriorate as you get older

How's Your Balance?

Do you know how your balance measures up? You can find out pretty easily by seeing how you do with these balance exercises:

  • Stand on one foot for as long as possible
  • Walk from your heel to your toe for 20 steps
  • Walk in a straight line as normally as possible

If you find these tasks challenging, then it's time to get to work on your balance!

How Chiropractic Can Help

Your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can help you get your balance on track by ensuring that your body is free from joint restrictions and dysfunction. Once your body can communicate freely and move unimpeded, then you're able to start from the best possible place to work on your balance.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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