How to Perform Heel & Toe Walk
The heel and toe walk takes your balance training one step further by adding movement to the mix. Most practical situations where you need to call upon your balance skills involve walking and this is a great exercise for getting your body used to balancing while you’re on the move.
- Stand up straight with your feet and knees slightly apart, then raise your toes off the ground and balance on your heels.
- Take 10 steps while staying balanced on your heels.
- Place your toes back on the ground.
- Raise your heels off the ground and balance on your toes.
- Take 10 steps while staying balanced on your toes.
- Place your heels back on the ground and repeat steps 1-5 for as many repetitions as you desire.
Why Is The Heel & Toe Walk Exercise So Great For Seniors?
The heel and toe walk exercise is both challenging and safe. Although it works your balance, there’s very little chance of falling over. If you lose your balance, you simply drop your heel or your toes, so that your foot is fully on the floor and regain your balance. In addition to this, it also helps build strength in your heels and toes and gets them used to holding your entire body weight. Finally, the feet movements involved in this exercise are great for your circulation and enhance the flow of blood to your feet and toes.
Heel & Toe Walk Exercise Variations:
Once you can do the heel and toe walk exercise with ease, try these variations for added difficulty:
- Grab some light dumbbells and try to stay balanced on your heels and toes while holding them.
- Get a step block, step onto it, walk across it and step off it while staying balanced on your heels and toes.