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Balance training is suitable for people of all ages. But children and older people in particular can particularly benefit from it. Older people tend to have balance disorders which can ultimately lead to falls and for many older people this means retirement homes. Light and meaningful exercises can contribute to more activity, self-determination and vitality in old age. Of course, younger people also benefit from these exercises; they are carried out above all when there have been long illnesses, hospital stays and accidents beforehand. Then balance training is an important part of rehabilitation. The advantage of balance training is that it can be done at home without much effort. There are no sweaty exercises and no sports equipment is required, if necessary a mat, carpet, pillow or blanket will do. Of course, there is also sports equipment that is used in balance training and that is available for little money. It is also good for motivation and fun if you join the group and work on your own balance together.
As already described, no actual device is necessary to carry out targeted balance training, but the range of products on the market still has a lot to offer that can also be used sensibly in the home for balance training.
The coordination pad, for example, is a kind of small miracle mat that you can use, for example, for household chores that are done while standing. Here you sink a bit and now have to make minimal corrections to really keep your balance. Regular use of this pad leads to greater stability when standing and also when walking.
It is important not only in old age, when it is almost too late, when the first signs of failure appear, to start with balance training. The best way to integrate this "sport" into your everyday life is to maintain a high level of performance and vitality into old age. If a reduced ability for balance and coordination is discovered in the elderly, any responsible doctor will point out to his patient that he must do something about this. As a rule, regulations for rehabilitation sport are then issued for these things, which are borne by the health insurance fund. Older people usually notice themselves that they are less able to stand and walk. This is where avoidance tactics often come into play and people walk or stand less, but then the body loses even more of its ability to maintain balance. However, if you train, the system can stabilize again and you can almost return to your old form. There are balance training sessions that take place on dry land or in the water. Older people in particular, especially if they are overweight, find it easier to train in water because it is easy on the joints. So, for example, water aerobics and Thai Chi are a good basis for achieving a good balance.