MYTH: Your Balance Can't Get Better Because of Your Age

MYTH: Your balance can't get better because of your age.

We think this should be a ridiculous statement, but sadly many of the people we encounter hold on to this mistaken belief. The truth is that anything gets better with practice, regardless of your age!

At ABC, we help you adopt a growth mindset so you can age in the way in which you choose. You balance can always be better than it is right now no matter where you are starting from.

So, what are you waiting for? Contact us for a FREE balance assessment today at [email protected].

 

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Balance: Does Your Perception Meet Reality?

 

Last summer for my 32nd birthday, I thought it would be a great idea to climb a tree. I hadn’t climbed a tree since I was very young, but it’s something I used to do all the time. So I thought nothing of it. Our front yard has a perfect climbing tree I’d been eyeing for some time.

We’ve all climbed trees as kids and felt confident in our ability to do it. The last time I climbed it was no problem and I assumed I would feel that way going into this. In fact, I thought getting myself onto the first branch would be easy. I could see a clear path to climb up a few branches beyond that.

But I think we all know where this story is going.

It turns out, climbing a tree is pretty difficult when you haven’t done it for a few decades. Not only did I need help getting up to the first low branch, once I was there I didn’t feel confident in my ability to stay balanced at all. I found myself staring at the ground, both hands on the branch, feeling as though...

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Observation is One of the Most Powerful Skills You Possess

Stillness, quiet, and thoughtful observation are skills easily lost in today's distracted world, but are among some of the most powerful skills you can possess.

By learning how to observe and learn from yourself you can start to make small steps toward improving your health in the long term. There are no quick fixes, and observation is a necessary skill for making steady improvement!

Treating the world as a learning environment is one of the first skills we cultivate in our clients. It is one of the most important steps you can take toward reaching your goals. Try something today to be still and just observe.

 

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How To Create A Movement Habit And Stick To It

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Ever tried to develop an exercise habit and found yourself unable to stick with it?

If so, you aren’t alone. The difficulty in maintaining an exercise habit happens for a variety of reasons. It might be that you tried too much too soon. Or more likely, you just didn’t find something you actually enjoyed enough to stick to.

One of the most common questions I hear as a physical therapist is, “What kind of exercise program is best for me?”

My answer is always, “The one that you enjoy enough to show up for every day.”

There really isn’t a right or wrong answer. And while this approach sounds simple in theory, it can take some trial and error to figure it out.

One of the most common problems I run in to is the use of the word “exercise”. For some, it carries a lot of...

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The Rebels Guide to "Exercise"

 

Ever considered yourself a rebel, or maybe just want to be one?

If so, you’ve likely always hated the idea of a regular “exercise” habit. Even if you understand the health benefits, you’ve always been opposed to the regimented lifestyle of exercise.

Or maybe you’ve just always found traditional exercise boring. That’s the position I’d always found myself in until I learned about movement-based lifestyles.

Even if you’ve always hated traditional exercise, that doesn’t mean you can’t experience all the health benefits of movement.

Let’s talk about how a movement-based lifestyle is the answer for you and your rebellious lifestyle.

Why a Movement-Based Lifestyle?

Adopting a movement-based lifestyle involves customizing movement to fit your current lifestyle.

That’s right. You don’t need to change much other than your mindset and your environment to gain...

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Get Comfortable with Discomfort. Now.

One of the best things you can do to improve your health today? Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

The minute we avoid stepping outside of our comfort zone is when we stop growing. In terms of movement, staying in familiar routines is exactly what leads us to decline. To maximize our health we need variety, and lots of it! 

Take small steps to break out of your comfort zone today and continue to build on them tomorrow. Something as simple as sitting on the floor instead of the couch or going outside to walk a mile counts. What can you do to make yourself uncomfortable today? 

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, Let's Set Some Goals!

 

This is the final video in our series on setting health goals!

If you haven't watched the previous videos, check them out here, here, and here.

Now it's time to get down to the actual goal setting!

The most common mistake we see in health goal setting is structuring goals around outcomes instead of habits.

Today's video discusses what the difference is and why your goals should be focused on habits.

We hope you've found this video series helpful! We'd love to hear about your health goals. Email us at [email protected] to share them with us! 

 

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Video: Health Goal Setting, The Four Tendencies Framework

 

Ever tried to start a new habit that you just couldn't stick to?

We've all been there. 

It's likely you tried to set the habit up in a way that works well for someone else, but not for you!

Learn about different habit styles using the four tendencies framework so you don't fall into the same trap again.

By knowing yourself, you can set your habits up in a way that works for you! It is possible to make your habits effortless by learning more about yourself.

Find our blog posts on the Four Tendencies Framework here and here

Let us know what you learn! 

 

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Action Steps To Improve Your Balance Today

 

Age gracefully by challenging your balance every day.


We don’t often think about our balance until it becomes a problem. In my work as a therapist, I’ve treated both younger and older adults with balance problems.

Balance is a complex system, involving communication between our brain, body, and sensory systems. A decline in any one of these can quickly become problematic.

We tend to associate balance problems with aging, but there isn’t a magical age you reach in which your balance starts to decline. Instead, physical decline begins the minute you stop challenging yourself.

The benefits of maintaining and improving your balance at any age are endless. You’re more likely to be capable to continue doing the activities you love as you age. You’ll worry less about falling, and have more confidence than adults who don’t have good balance. Research has even found a strong connection between balance and brain health. The better your balance,...

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You Choose How You Age

True story. Like it or not, we all age. The great news is we can age well if we choose to!

By keeping a positive attitude, a growth mindset, and continuing to move well you have the power to age gracefully. Don't wait another minute, make the choice to age however you choose today.

 

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