everyone who trips or loses their balance ends up actually falling.
Sometimes you are able to quickly put your foot in the right place to
stop your downward momentum and prevent the fall.
Your ability to do this really comes down to two things:
– the ability of your brain to make your foot go exactly where it
thinks it should go to stop your fall.
– the ability of your brain to activate the muscles fast enough to move
that foot to the right place before it’s too late.
and quickness are both skills. Just like any other skill (balance,
playing the piano, typing), they get better when you practice them.
Naturally, if you don’t practice them, they get worse.
age of 60, most people don’t do many activities that involve
coordination or quickness. Then, when they trip or lose their balance,
and they need those skills, the brain doesn’t remember how to do them.
Quicktaps drill helps you work on quickness and coordination in a safe
and controlled setting. You’re simply going to tap your foot on and off
of a book as quickly as possible. Watch the video below:
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an old book that is about 1-2 inches thick. Place it on the floor up
against a wall. Ideally you would do this somewhere where you would
have something to hold on to, like at the kitchen sink.
your feet are several inches away from the book and facing towards it.
Now move one foot over the book and tap the cover with your toes. Then
move it back to where you started. Repeat 5-10 times as fast as
possible. Then do the other leg.
After you’ve done both legs, turn and do the same thing sideways.
The reason I’m only having you do 5-10 in a row is because after that
you start to slow down, and we don’t want that.
you’ve gone through once, you’ll have a feel for your tempo. Try the
sequence a second time and see if you can force your brain to move your
legs any faster.