Nutrition and Exercise
Simple activities such as gardening and going for a walk in interesting places – during which you’re looking around and moving your head – stimulate the balance system.
~ Neurophysiologist Art Mallinson, PhD
BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society Resources
Nutrition and Exercise: Their Role in Improving Balance and Reducing Falls
Summary of a talk given by Ron Huppee, registered dietician and certified strength/conditioning specialist.
Heart & Stroke Foundation
This website includes a wide variety of low-sodium recipes. Some BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society members report less dizziness after adopting a low-sodium diet. (Canadian)
Tai Chi for Balance Study
Summary of a Northwestern University study that concluded eight weeks of tai chi was associated with significant improvement in balance. Download (free) the 20-page Tai Chi Handout [PDF] of instructions used in the study. The study’s instructional DVD is available for purchase. (American)
Books and DVDs
Titles listed are available for loan through public libraries in BC – if your local library does not own a copy of a title that interests you, ask for it to be sent from another library through interlibrary loan.
Discover Tai Chi for Balance & Mobility (2010)
This DVD guides viewers through breath, movement, tai chi, qi gong, stretching and chair exercises.
The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart & Sharp Mind by Dr. Peter M. Wayne (2013)
Conventional medical science on the Chinese art of tai chi now shows what tai chi masters have known for centuries: regular practice leads to more vigor and flexibility, better balance and mobility, and a sense of well-being.
Tai Chi, the Perfect Exercise: Finding Health, Happiness, Balance and Strength by Arthur Rosenfeld (2013)
Written by the host of PBS’s Longevity Tai Chi.