How To Test Your Balance

Without even having to think about it, our bodies do a pretty amazing balancing act every day.

Climbing in and out of the RV, walking through uneven terrain around our campsites, getting in and out of sometimes rickety lawn chairs, bending and reaching to do the RV hookups…all these things take balance. And without good balance, we are more at risk for falls and injuries.

After recently writing an article about why balance declines with age, I heard from many of you fellow RVers who wanted to know how to determine whether or not your balance was at a good, healthy level. In this video, James and I quickly demonstrate 4 simple tests you can try to see what your balance levels currently are. The 4 tests come from the CDC’s Injury Center, and are part of their STEADI tool kit, which is used by healthcare providers to identify people at risk of falling.

Please be safe as you practice these balances! Make sure you’re near a wall or counter so you can quickly steady yourself if necessary.

Whether or not you test well on the balance exercises in the video, practicing balances regularly is going to help to prevent falls and fractures that could easily happen in the RV lifestyle. For more information, check out my balance article HERE. Part of aging well means working on your balance a little every day!

Stef spent 15 years as an educator in both the public K-12 setting and at the University level in Special Physical Education before making the leap to her true passion… the fitness world. She’s currently a personal trainer and wellness coach with a specialty in working with people with medical conditions and injuries. Stef has been a running enthusiast her entire adult life, and shares James’ love of cycling. She feels lucky they have a shared hobby in bicycling that enhances their RV lifestyle.

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