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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Improve Your Somatosensory System for Better Balance

Learn a little bit about the role that the somatosensory system plays in balance by reading the article above.  Exercises such as the Stocking Feet Grips activate the sensory receptors in your feet.  Often times, especially when we are always wearing shoes, we lose touch with the sensation on the bottom of our feet. It’s easy […]