Long COVID Self-Management - Balance Exercises
You should not try these exercises if you have had falls in the past, a history of dizziness, or you are not able to balance on each leg for 10 seconds. Clear the space around you before you start.
One Leg Stand
- Start by standing facing the wall, with your arms outstretched and your fingertips touching the wall.
- Lift your left leg, keep your hips level and keep a slight bend in the opposite leg. Gently place your foot back on the floor.
Hold the lift for five to 10 seconds and perform three on each side
- Stand with your feet together, knees slightly bent.
- Step sideways in a slow and controlled manner, moving one foot to the side first.
- Move the other to join it.
Avoid dropping your hips as you step. Perform 10 steps each way or step from one side of the room to the other.
This involves walking sideways by crossing one foot over the other.
- Start by crossing your right foot over your left.
- Bring your left foot to join it.
Attempt five cross-steps on each side. If necessary, put your fingers against a wall for stability. The smaller the step, the more you work on your balance.
- Standing upright, place your right heel on the floor directly in front of your left toe.
- Then do the same with your left heel. Make sure you keep looking forward at all times. If necessary, put your fingers against a wall for stability.
Try to perform at least five steps. As you progress, move away from the wall.
Use a step, preferably with a railing or near a wall, to use as support.
- Step up with your right leg.
- Bring your left leg up to join it.
- Step down again and return to the start position.
The key for building balance is to step up and down slowly and in a controlled manner. Perform up to five steps with each leg.