Slide show: Balance exercises
Photo of man doing shoulder press for balance
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Try the shoulder press with a dumbbell:

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs. Hold a lighter weight (5 to 10 pounds) dumbbell in your left hand and press your arm upward until your forearm is perpendicular to the floor (A). Lift your right leg off the floor and bend it back at the knee (B).
  • 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 added challenge, balance on the leg opposite the weight (C) or while standing on a pillow or other unstable surface (D).
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