1. Stand on one foot - behind a sturdy chair, holding on for balance. Hold position for up to 10 seconds. Repeat 10 to 15 times with each leg.
2. Walking heel-to-toe - Focus on a spot ahead of you as you walk, placing the heel of one foot just in front of the toes of the other foot. Repeat for 20 steps.
3. Balance walk - Raise arms to sides, shoulder height. Focus on a spot ahead of you as you walk in a straight line, one foot in front of the other. As you walk, lift your back leg and pause for 1 second before stepping forward. Repeat for 20 steps, alternating legs.
4. Back and side leg raises - Stand behind a sturdy chair, holding on for balance. Breathe in slowly. Breathe out and slowly lift one leg straight back without bending your knee or pointing your toes. Try not to lean forward. The leg you are standing on should be slightly bent. Hold for 1 second. Repeat 10 to 15 times with each leg. Then repeat this exercise while slowly lifting your leg out to the side. Keep your back straight and toes facing forward.
You can do balance exercises almost anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like! Make sure you talk to your Monarch doctor or Case Manager before you begin any exercise program.