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1 The Mind/Body Connection: Beginner Level Balance and Standing Stretches

2 Program Objectives After this presentation, you will be able to: Assess readiness to safely begin a new exercise program Describe basic balance improvement and standing stretching exercises Safely practice the exercises that we learn

3 Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) Are You Ready To Begin A New Exercise Routine?

4  Has your doctor ever said that you have a heart condition and that you should only do physical activity recommended by a doctor?  Do you feel pain in your chest when you do physical activity?  In the past month, have you had chest pain when you were not doing physical activity?  Do you lose your balance because of dizziness or do you ever lose consciousness?  Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?  Is your doctor currently prescribing drugs (for example, water pills) for your blood pressure or heart condition?  Do you know of any other reason why you should not do physical activity?

5 Standing In Correct Posture Shoulders Are Back And Chest Is Forward Head is upright and straight Stomach is tucked in, without tilting the pelvis forward or back Feet are hips width apart: (legs fall straight down from the hip)

6 Flexibility The American College of Sports Medicine suggests that adults should include flexibility exercises into their regular exercise.

7 Stretching should never cause pain Mild discomfort or a mild pulling sensation is normal.

8 Exercises to Improve and Maintain Balance

9 Toe Stands

10 Heel to Toe Walk

11 Balance Walk

12 Side Stepping

13 The Box Step

14 Standing Stretching Exercises to Improve and Maintain Flexibility

15 Shoulder Rolls

16 Ear to Shoulder

17 Touch Elbows Stretch

18 Triceps Stretch

19 Wrist Stretch

20 Standing Torso Stretch

21 Hamstring Stretch

22 Calves

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25 Lynn Blankenship, BS, MAE Metcalfe County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Nicole Peritore, MS Extension Coordinator for Get Moving Kentucky June 2011 Copyright © 2011for materials developed by University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension. This publication may be reproduced in portions or its entirety for educational or nonprofit purposes only. Permitted users shall give credit to the author(s) and include his copyright notice. Educational programs of Kentucky Cooperative Extension serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. Graphics: Microsoft Office


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