Monday’s Amuse Bouche #5-Balance

Amuse Bouche (ˈä-ˌmüz-ˈbüsh): literally translated into “mouth amuser”.  Wikipedia definition: a single, bite-sized hors d’oeuvre.

 Jodie’s use of the term: a small hint or clever tip!  (Think Hints from Heloise!!) 

Balance while brushing your teeth

As we get older, our balancing ability tends to decrease.  Yet having good balance can help reduce falls.  So here’s a little tidbit to easily work on your balancing skills without taking up much time!  Since we all brush our teeth for 2 minutes (as a dentist, I hope this is the case), this is a great activity to combine the two!

For the beginner:

While brushing your teeth, hold onto the countertop and lift one foot for half the time.  Then switch to the other foot for the other half.

For the intermediate:

Now you can try letting go of the countertop and balance on one foot with no assistance.  Don’t forget to continue brushing your teeth (gently)!

For the advanced:

Since you can keep one foot up without falling, try this activity with your eyes closed.  WARNING:  This is harder than it sounds, so be careful.

Now make balancing a habit while brushing your teeth every night….it does get easier.  And thanks for reading!!

Stayed tuned for posts on the marvelous color orange this week.