Sit to Stand Training to Help Achieve Lift Off

The simple act of moving from a seated position to a standing position requires the cooperation of several muscle groups working together. Pelvic mobility, trunk control, sensation in the feet, core and leg strength, as well as lower body flexibility, all contribute to maintaining this functional sit to stand skill. The following exercises will help train your body to […]

Reach Forward For Better Balance

Functional Balance Testing Reduce Fall Risk with this Easy Assessment Tool By Mary Ann Wilson, RN Functional balance assessments  tell us if we’re at risk for a fall. They also give clues about what skills we can practice on our own to improve balance. This is relevant because falls are dangerous and costly.  On an average year, 300,000 […]

Exercises To Make You a Better Driver

Seven Exercises to Help You Keep Your Driving Skills Finely Tuned By Mary Ann Wilson, RN While we’re all attentive to keeping our vehicles in good working order to avoid break downs, few of us give much thought to tuning up the many areas of our body that contribute to safe driving. The good news […]

Balance Exercises for the Sensory System

Improve Your Sensory System Through Exercise By Sit and Be Fit TV host Mary Ann Wilson, RN The body depends on many different systems working together to maintain good balance. The sensory, motor and central nervous system all play important roles in keeping us steady on our feet. What’s exciting to me is that there are specific exercises […]

Eye Exercises for Fall Prevention

Eye exercises are an important part of any fall prevention training program. We depend on our ocular system (vision) for balance and for keeping us safe in different environments. In addition to improving neck range of motion, the 3 exercises shared in this blog are designed to strengthen the eyes and improve the vestibular system (inner ear), which is […]

Hamstring Strength For Better Balance

Hamstring strength is important for good balance. The hamstrings are made up of 3 separate muscles: the biceps femoris, semitendinosus and semimembranosus. Here’s an easy way to work this muscle group from a seated position with a resistance band. Before you begin, tie the ends of an exercise band together in a knot to create a circle. It’s […]

Vision and Balance

Most of us depend heavily on our vision to tell us about our environment – knowing the height of the curb, obstacles to avoid, when we are approaching uneven surfaces, etc. This information gathered and processed through our ocular motor (visual) system keeps us safe and plays an important role in correcting balance challenges and avoiding falls. When we begin experiencing […]