Rehab Challenge Two

Here’s another balance test for you to try.  In a space where you can walk safely, note a point on a nearby wall or draw an X on a sticky note and put it on the wall or door at eye level.  Now position yourself at least 10 to 15 steps away from said wall.  Keeping your eyes on the X walk towards it whilst turning your head slowly from side to side.  Imagine you are walking down a street looking at house numbers. Remember though to keep your eyes on the point of focus.  Repeat.

If you experience any wobbles or feel dizzy or are unable to keep your eyes on the mark, you may benefit from doing this a couple of times each day for a few weeks.  It will make you more stable when walking, particularly in busy environments.

As I mentioned last challenge, this activity may be easy for you, but for me it brings on almost immediate dizziness and when I repeat it diligently, I become nauseas.  I know from experience that balance exercises that challenge my brain’s capacity, enable me to push my tolerance to the point where I will no longer experience the uncomfortable side effects and will be able to walk and move my eyes and head normally, improving both my mobility and stability.

In preparation for the next challenge, you will need a deck of playing cards.

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