Your Personal Best: Balance and Strength
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
As we get older, we tend to lose balance and strength which can increase our risk of injuries.
According to Dr. Milady Murphy, one simple exercise that negates that process and can improve our balance and strength is called the flamingo.
“It’s simply done using a chair for both assist and safety,” said Murphy. “Hold on to the chair and lift one leg straight up with a bent knee. Hold that for five seconds, then extend the leg, holding for another five seconds. What you do to one side, you do to the other.”
Murphy said she recommends doing this exercise five times, two days a week for a sequence. She said it will help to strengthen core muscle groups, abdominals, glutes, legs and your back.
“These muscles are essential for us to be strong as we age in order to reduce the risk of injury from falls,” said Murphy.