First, a few tips.
Balancing is easier if you focus on a spot in front of you, below eye level.

To start, you may place your fingertips on the back of a chair, a table, or the wall for support. As you become more confident, try balancing without support or closing your eyes. (These exercises become progressively more difficult.)

Hand weights are optional.
You may do these balance exercises with or without hand weights. If you use hands weights, start with light weights (2 to 3 pounds).

You may gradually increase the weight over the weeks, but don't hold weights that cause strain. Stop if you feel pain. Re-check your form or reduce the weight. Consult your physician if pain continues.

Do the exercises daily or several times weekly.
You may do balance exercises every day. Your goal should be to do these at least several times a week.

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