1. “Yes” and “No” Exercise
Stand on one leg with the other leg hovering just above the floor. Focus on an object a good distance in front of you. Slowly nod your head as if to say yes for a while. Keep breathing and keep your eyes focused on the visual target.
Slowly shake your head as if to say no for a while. Keep your eyes fixed on the target object.
Change to standing on the other leg and repeat. Make it easier by standing on two legs with your feet together.
2. Walking “Yes” and “No” Exercise
Find a good distance to walk in your home so you can walk forward keeping your eyes fixed on a target ahead. Nod yes while you walk, stopping when you almost reach the target object.
Walk back to the starting point, and then walk forward, again, shaking your head no. Visual focus is key.
For a further challenge, you can try both the “yes” and “no” nods while walking backward, as well.
3. Eyes Fixed/Eyes Moving Rotational Balance Exercise
Stand on one leg. Hold your arms straight out in front of your chest with the palms together.
Keep your eyes fixed straight ahead on a visual target while you turn your torso above the waist to the right and then to the left ten times. Your eyes should not turn to follow the rotation of your torso. Your head and arms will rotate with your torso. Stand on the other leg and repeat.
Now do the same exercise, but instead of focusing on a single object, allow your eyes to move in the same direction as your head and arms when you rotate. Your vision will simultaneously follow the direction in which you rotate. You will see everything along the way instead of focusing on one target. Which visual instruction makes it harder to balance, fixed eyes or moving eyes?
Make the exercise easier to perform by standing on both legs with your feet together.