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  • 5.    Stand on one foot- To work on improving balance, practice standing on one foot.  Stand on the floor and with arms raised at sides, slowly bend one knee.  Try to maintain this position for 10-15 seconds. Then try standing on the other foot on the floor with arms raised at sides and holding for 10-15 seconds.  For an added challenge, try standing on one foot with hands on hips.  Make a game of standing on one foot on the floor by seeing who can stand the longest.  If you feel like you are going to lose your balance, put your foot down.  This activity helps improve standing balance and can increase leg muscle strength. 

    6. Cross Crawls- Stand with arms raised at sides.  Raise left knee and touch right elbow to knee.  Return to standing.  Then raise right knee to touch left elbow.  Continue alternating sides for 20-30 repetitions.  Cross crawls improve right and left side coordiantion as well as balance while touching knee to elbow.