Slide show: Balance exercises
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Standing on one leg is another common balance exercise:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs. Place your hands on your hips. Lift your left leg off the floor and bend it back at the knee (A).
  • Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
  • Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.
  • For variety, reach out with your foot as far as possible without touching the floor (B).
  • For added challenge, balance on one leg while standing on a pillow or other unstable surface (C).
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