10 Best Balance Exercises (Basic) – Ask Doctor Jo

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These basic balance exercises can help improve your balance and can also strengthen your hips, knees & ankles. This series is a good place to start for improving your balance. Purchase a printable worksheet with these balance exercises here: https://www.askdoctorjo.com/purchase-balance-exercise-worksheet

The Romberg series starts out on the easier side, but can get harder. When you place your feet together, it makes your base of support smaller, and this makes your muscles work harder. You can do Romberg with your eyes open, eyes closed, head turns side to side, head movements up and down, and on an uneven surface.

You can also do all of these with a tandem stance. Tandem is when one foot is directly in front of the other. You can modify this by just placing one slightly ahead of the other.

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Greg Carroll says:

This is great! Thank so much. I had been (incorrectly) diagnosed with Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, but I only get my balance issues in dim light or darkness (I sometimes look like a drunk walking at night). I was just reading on Ototoxicity and know I had a few years where I was on antibiotics almost constantly. I'm hoping these exercises help!

Kevin Toretto says:

I'm deaf and it's serious hard for me to stand with eyes closed even for 3 seconds. I dunno how I'm supposed to get around that.

mrs kunkle says:

i’ve always walked on my top toes now my balance is terrible , hoping to improve

Dr. Seku Gathers says:



I'm only 20 but i've always find it hard to balance. I'm gonna try doing this today, thanks Dr. Jo!

rawan says:

We love you doctor Jo you're funny and lovely

⛸️Danielle Davies⛸️ says:

Do I do this every Day

Ananthu R says:

Hi your videos are cool but please suggest the time frame and reps for each exercise

RoSevilla Dela Cruz says:

I come across this video. I will do this because I myself need this. I have an imbalance. Thank you very much. God bless.

sally allison says:

Please Dr Jo….. give us an idea of home long to hold each exercise. Others have asked but so far no info on this

Gridiron says:

I have high functioning autism and I am 20 years old and my balance has gotten worse can I improve my balance

Valerie Elliott says:

These look great. I will need to do balance PT when I’m cleared from my spinal fusion. I have a feeling that things are going to shut down again due to delta. I want to get back to yoga, and you know yoga requires balance!

Darrell Lehmann says:

how long do you hold each one?

Cristina de Lamar says:

I had no trouble with the Romberg exercises. However, I couldn’t do any of the tandems without holding on.

N Palus says:

This is great. Thanks for all your excellent videos.

Andrew says:

how long are we suppose to hold one possition

Lisa Bowen says:

I just started today and 'm noticing I feel nauseous on the ones where it's hard to balance. Dr. Jo, is that normal? Is there anything else I should be doing?

faina zel says:

hi doctor .I have tingling in upper leg it can be afemoral nerve or problem whis back? what exersize good for this problem ? thank you

Sherry Buccieri says:

Great variation of exercises. Thanks.

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