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Los Gatos Personal Trainers' Balance Test: A 1-Minute Challenge That Could Save Your Life

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Los Gatos Personal Trainers' Balance Test: A 1-Minute Challenge That Could Save Your Life

Our Los Gatos personal trainers have got a fun challenge for you today that you can do ANYWHERE, and it will take you less than a minute.

You can use it to check how good your balance is — so you know if it needs some work. 

Balance is something we usually take for granted… but did you know that worldwide, falls are the second-leading cause of unintentional injury deaths?! Yikes!

Ready for the test? 

Step 1: Stand near a chair or counter that you can grab if you need to. 
Step 2: Simply raise one foot off the floor and stand for 10 seconds.

You get three tries.

If you passed the test, that’s awesome! But our Los Gatos personal trainers don't want you to take it for granted — keep working on your balance.

If you struggled, it might be time to get serious about improving your balance — and it’s also a good idea to mention it to your healthcare provider at your next visit.

Scientists in Brazil found that 20% of older adults who took this test couldn’t pass it. 

Here’s the kicker: NOT being able to balance on one leg for 10 seconds was linked with a twofold risk of death (from any cause!) within the next 10 years.

Many factors can play into balance issues, from strength to medications to inner ear issues, and some health conditions.

The good news is, there are things you can do to improve your balance, with specific balance, stability, and strength exercises. T’ai chi, yoga, resistance training, stretching, and more can all help.

And the exercise you did in this test can be a good start to help you improve your balance!

If you’re ready to take a giant (and balanced!) step forward with your health/fitness, our Los Gatos personal trainers can help.

If you want to know exactly how we've helped men and women over 50 jumpstart their fitness, gain energy and get healthy again, fill out the "Request More Information Now" box above to receive our free consultation with our caring personal trainers OR call us at 408-371-1212 to connect. 

It’s time to take control!

In health,
The Method3 Fitness Team


Method3 Fitness is conveniently located in San Jose.  Our team of personal trainers serve clients in Los Gatos, Campbell, Willow Glen and other surrounding Bay Area cities.  


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