Simple Balance Test

Standing on one leg requires leg strength, static balance, and integration of eyes, ear, brain and nervous system.  Get an indication of  your balance capability by trying the simple one legged standing balance test.  

Here is how to test yourself.

  1. Stand in front of a sturdy chair or object for safety.
  2. Have somebody use a stop watch or clock with a second hand to time.
  3. Cross your arms.
  4. Lift one leg off the floor and start timing.
  5. Hold (for up to 30 seconds)

Repeat the test for both legs.  

Then try again with your eyes closed.  This is normally very difficult and  why you may need the chair or other object for safety.  I found the standing test with eyes open easy but when I closed my eyes, I got the wobbles nearly straight away.

Researchers from the University of Missouri have established norms for Single Leg Stance for different ages:
 


Give the test a go.  What is your balance-based age compared to your actual age? Use the results to set yourself an improvement goal. 

Reference:

One Leg Standing Balance--Test Yourself, Mobile Physical Therapy October 2010, http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/email/newsletter/1410537417