Working on peripheral vision exercises, as discussed in the article, is an excellent way to give your sense of balance a little boost. As you probably know, it is difficult to maintain balance with your eyes closed (just try standing on one foot with your eyes closed). While diminished peripheral vision will not have the same impact on your balance as closing your eyes, it can still lessen your sense of balance. Keep your peripheral vision active.
Balance is also closely related to hearing. A recent Johns Hopkins study found that even mild hearing loss increases the likelihood of falling threefold. Whether or not you try to improve your hearing through auditory exercises, be sure to test your hearing periodically. You should know if you have an increased risk of falling. Even if you scoff at the idea because you think you are too young for it to be a problem, now is the time to prepare your body, senses, and brain for the future - when it will become an issue. Catching hearing loss early will also allow you to take steps to stop or counter it early in the process so that you can avoid many of the associated complications. In addition to balance, hearing loss can lead to or be a sign of depression, loss of social confidence, dementia, other medical problems, and safety issues.
Touch exercises can also be helpful in maintaining good balance, especially when those exercises include a visual component (i.e. see what you feel). Training the brain to use all of the sensory clues at its disposal to help determine the body’s position and orientation in space will help keep you healthy and safe well into old age - and it’s never too early to start preparing.
The 15 Minute Fix: VISION includes exercises specifically designed to develop peripheral vision. The 15 Minute Fix: SENSES includes exercises for hearing and touch along with tests for tracking both, so that you can be aware of any sensory problems well before they become medical or safety issues.
Age well my friends….