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Spring Has Sprung – Now, It’s Time to Focus on Your Balance

Do you feel cheerful when you notice the signs of spring? Are you enjoying the sight of daffodils, tulips and cherry blossom trees? Do you feel more optimistic with the onset of longer days and milder weather?

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel happier when they see spring flowers blooming and feel the sun warming their skin.

If you’re anything like me, you’re relieved to put your winter coats and boots away. Spring is the perfect time to get outside for walks, gardening and outdoor activities. It is also the perfect time to focus on our balance.

As winter comes to an end and we move towards summer, it’s time to start doing exercises to improve our balance. Keep reading to find out why we need to prioritize our balance now, and how to get started.

Did You Hibernate Over Winter?

Most of us spent more time indoors over winter. We opted for being warm and cosy, staying in due to early nights and cold weather.

That means we might not have done so much exercise or been so active day-to-day. As a result, we may have lost some fitness, or our balance may have declined a little.

It’s the ‘use it or lose it’ principle in action. The good news is that we can regain our fitness, rebuild our strength and improve our balance.

What Are Your Plans for the Spring and Summer?

At this time of year, we’re making plans and starting to get outdoors more. We’re getting to work in the garden, taking grandchildren to the park, or planning day trips. We might also be planning holidays or travel to see friends and family.

If you’re a keen gardener, you need good balance to step around flowerbeds and reach up to prune your roses.

When it comes to your grandchildren, you need to be steadier on your feet to play frisbee or enjoy time in the playground with them.

If you want to travel or go on day trips, you might be visiting cultural sites with cobblestones and tricky staircases or walking around gardens with uneven ground and steps without handrails.

Having better balance will mean you feel more confident and steadier on your feet, whatever your plans are for the coming months.

Take Stock of Your Balance

The start of a new season is time to take a step back and reassess. It’s a chance to take stock and reflect.

Our balance can decline gradually over time without us realising. We don’t notice the small changes; we get used to them. We don’t notice that our balance is not as good as it used to be, that we’re avoiding places or situations, or that we feel more anxious than before.

When things happen gradually, we get used to them and they become the new normal.

Are you noticing your balance when you’re walking on uneven ground, like garden paths or cobblestones?

And are you feeling unsteady going down stairs, steps or kerbs, especially if there’s no handrail?

What about avoiding places where you feel unsteady or situations when you feel worried about tripping or falling?

If so, now’s the time to focus on your balance.

How Can You Make Your Balance a Priority This Spring?

If you’ve decided that you want to make your balance a priority, we can help you.

At Vida Wellness, we are specialist exercise instructors who have helped thousands of people improve their balance. We’re here to help you feel steadier on your feet and more confident every day.

We’ve created the Free Balance Blueprint for you. In this Blueprint, we give you our five essential tips for getting started with balance training.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Will you be focusing on your balance this spring? What is your purpose for improving your balance? Join the conversation below and tell us what you want to improve your balance for.

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Sports helps with my balance, especially tennis. If I did not have great balance, I would not be able to play the game and I am 73 years old.

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Over the last 16 years, Claudine has helped hundreds of people to improve their balance, feel stronger and move more easily. That's why her in-person classes and online programmes have been featured globally, including on BBC Radio 4. Members of her online exercise studio enjoy an extensive library of easy-to-follow videos, as well as advice and support. Try some taster videos from the Vida Wellness Studio.

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