Figure skating is one of the most popular sports in the Winter Olympics. But just how much does it actually cost to become an Olympic figure skater?
It turns out that dedication, perseverance, and a pretty costume do not a successful Olympian make: skaters have to shell out an insane amount of cash — between $35,000 and $50,000 annually — to even qualify for the Olympics, let alone take home the gold.
So where does all the money go? Let’s break it down.
Practice time and private lessons
Intermediate skaters and above will require — at minimum — three to four 45-minute practice sessions per day, about six times a week. Olympian skaters are likely training for longer, and Money, after interviewing skaters’ families, estimates that private coaching fees range from $65 to $120 per hour.
Calculate in the costs of supplemental coaches and choreographers, which can run between $1,500 to $5,000 annually for a single program, per Money, and you’re already spending well over $1,000 a week just to train.
Costumes, skates, and beauty
While handmade outfits were the norm back in the day, these days most skaters solicit high-end designers to create their showstopping costumes. These can cost anywhere between $500 and $5000, with The Gloss estimating the median price for an Olympic dress to be around $3,000 — and that’s not including skates, which can set you back around $1,000 to $1,500 at the Olympic level.
Unfortunately for competitors, skates and costumes aren’t recyclable. It’s standard for Olympians to wear out their skates annually, and that’s not to mention the price of upkeep; skating blades need to be sharpened, and laces need to be maintained.
Finally, figure skaters often choose to shell out cash for professional hair and makeup services, which run between $90-$140 per application.
Travel and miscellaneous costs
Airfare isn’t cheap, and skaters are not only tasked with flying themselves out to various arenas and venues to compete, but often will end up paying for their coach’s travel expenses as well, which can cost up to $10,000 per year. Per Money, many skaters will also spring for regular physical therapy and massages to ensure that they’re at optimal capacity, which can run up to $350 per session.
Also important to note is that most Olympic skaters begin their careers extremely early — and the costs rack up every year. United States competitor Bradie Tennell recently shared an Instagram throwback of her second competition; she was six years old. Now, 14 years worth of private lessons and countless pairs of outgrown skates later, she’s competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
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Figure skaters who qualify for the Winter Olympics have spent years preparing for the event, but only a very special and select group of figure skaters will qualify and participate in the Olympic Winter Games.
The country hosting the Winter Olympics automatically is eligible to send at least one entry per event, but not all countries are eligible to send even one skater to the Olympic Games.
Only the skaters of the highest caliber will qualify for the Olympics.
The World Figure Skating Championships, which takes place a year before an Olympic Games, is where each country earns a certain amount of Olympic spots.
- Countries that had two or three skaters compete in ladies singles at “Worlds,” earn three spots to the Olympics in ladies singles if the total sum of the previous year’s placements at the world championships is less than 13.
- If a country’s top two placements’ sums are between 14 to 28 for a country, two Olympic spots are earned.
- When the country has only one competitor at the World Figure Skating Championships, but that competitor finishes in either first place or second place, then that country earns three Olympic spots.
- When only one competitor competed for a country at the previous world championships, and if the skater placed in the top ten, then that country earned two Olympic spots.
- The Nebelhorn Trophy, an international figure skating competition which takes place in Oberstdorf, Germany in late September about four months before the Winter Olympics takes place, is the final event where remaining Olympic spots are allocated to countries who had not qualified for Olympic spots at the previous year’s World Figure Skating Championships.
What Happens Next?
Once each country is allocated Olympic spots, each country’s national figure skating governing body sets the guidelines for how its particular figure skaters qualify for the Winter Olympics.
Some countries will not send figure skaters to the Olympics unless the skater proves in advance that he or she has a chance of doing well at the Winter Olympics or proves first that he or she can at least place in the top half at the Winter Olympics Games. Canada and other countries look at skaters’ past placements in international competitive events.
In the United States, those who represent the USA in the Olympics are usually the skaters who are the winners and also the silver and/or bronze medalists in the championship events at the United States National Figure Skating Championships which takes place during that particular Olympic year.
The US National Figure Skating Championships, in a sense, serves as the official USA Olympic qualifying event or Olympic tryout. Those who will represent the United States at the Olympics will not know if they will qualify until just a few weeks before.
A skater who did really well at the US National Figure Skating Championships or even won the championship title during the year before the Olympics or in previous years, may not qualify for the Olympic Winter Games.
The United States Olympic Figure Skating Team is selected only a few weeks before the Olympic Winter Games begin which means that skaters and their families cannot plan to attend in advance.
The committee that selects the skaters for the United States Olympic Team sometimes do not choose Olympic team members based on their placement at the US Championships that immediately precedes an Olympic Games, but it is very rare that a deviation is made.
Exceptions are made when a skater who deserves to go to the Olympics based on their previous competitive record is unable to compete at “Nationals” due to injury. For example, US figure skater, Michelle Kwan, had already competed in two Olympics and won medals both times. Kwan was injured before the 2006 US National Figure Skating Championships, but, despite her injury, was selected to compete at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games which took place in Torino, Italy based on her impressive and previous competition record. Kwan traveled to Torino but withdrew. Emily Hughes, who had won the bronze medal at the 2006 US National Figure Skating Championships, competed at the 2006 Games in Kwan’s place.
The glitz and glamor of the figure skaters as they skim across the ice at the Winter Olympics may dazzle, but audiences are witnessing the culmination of years of training вЂ” and, for elite competitors, a truly spectacular price tag. Between costumes, training, custom skates, choreography and other elements, being an Olympian in figure skating, or simply competing at an elite level, is a substantial financial commitment вЂ” one that supportive families and clubs can spend a fortune attempting to accommodate. The amount of money it can cost to become an Olympic figure skater can be seriously mind-boggling.
The most obvious area of impressive expense, for the public viewer at least, is the costumes вЂ” which don’t come cheap. An investigation by The Gloss in 2014 found that all costumes for Olympic skaters are, by and large, custom-made вЂ” unsurprisingly, as it’s not a good look to be in the same outfit as somebody else. According to the Gloss, elite-level costumes from designers can cost between $500 and $5,000, and skaters have two costumes, one for their short program and one for their long (and that’s not counting spare costumes, in case one rips or gets dirty). They tend to need new costumes every year, too. Those spangles and sparkles are often applied by hand. And the performance “look” for female skaters in particular also involves make-up and hair, which at the elite level is usually applied professionally.
And then there are the skates. Estimates differ, but it’s thought that custom skate boots, which are pretty standard at Olympic level, can be between $1,000 and $1,500 a pair, and competitors can wear them out annually вЂ”В and that’s not counting the cost of sharpening and maintaining them monthly.
Equipment, however, is only the beginning. In an investigation of the costs behind Winter Olympic sports careers, Forbes points out that virtually all Olympic-level figure skaters start as children, meaning years of lessons, private tuition, practice time, competition fees and other expenses. Forbes notes that elite-level figure skaters will likely have reached their peak with a price tag of around $100,000 on their past training and skating life.
Because of the significant investment, a wealthy вЂ”В or at least financially stable вЂ”В background is pretty necessary. Stories abound of supportive parents remortgaging homes, cutting down on expenses for other children, and making some extreme financial decisions to be able to afford the cost of sending an elite-level figure skater all the way to the top, and hopefully to the Olympics. Mike Slipchuck, director of Skate Canada, told the CBC that even as a low-level competitor, annual costs can reach $10,000 annually вЂ” but that the number could also rise to $30,000. If you reach Team USA, funding is provided and financial aid is also offered, but that’s an elite pinnacle.
Once you reach the Olympics, expenses start to pile up, because the best choreographers, musicians, coaches and other elements of a successful competition come at a price. Every competition cycle requires a new routine, and getting the rights to music and coming up with new moves adds up on the balance sheet. Scott Hamilton, who won Olympic figure skating gold in 1984, told the Huffington Post that “I’ve heard everything from $25,000 to $80,000 a year. It can get out of control.”
It’s important to remember that being an Olympian doesn’t immediately translate into financial success вЂ” in fact, far from it. Olympians can often encounter financial trouble, particularly after they retire from their sports, and only a select few of very lucky or very successful team members will attract sponsorships and advertising deals. Catch the public imagination or walk away with a medal and you may be rewarded, but it’s in no way guaranteed. Prize money is available at other competitions, but in the Olympics you do it just for the glory вЂ”В and the gold.
Being an Olympian of any kind is an extraordinary sacrifice, not only for the athletes themselves but for their families and support networks. And when you’re watching Team USA take to the ice in PyeongChang, it’s worth remembering that they’ve got there through years of very, very expensive work.
Russia’s Julia Lipnitskaia performs in the Women’s Figure Skating Team Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 9, 2014. (Credit: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images)
Watching 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia lift her foot over her head and spin like a top is pretty magical until it hits you:
You’re probably too old to be a figure skater.
“What you want in a figure skater is someone who has relatively thick legs, and someone who has a relatively low center of mass,” said Tim Hewett, who directs the Ohio State University Sports Health & Performance Institute. “As you age, you tend to get more mass in your upper body. That is a problem and an issue that has to do with body control and control over your center of mass.”
On the United States Olympic team, the average figure skater is 22.26 years old, according to its roster. The youngest is 15-year-old Polina Edmunds, and the oldest is 28-year-old Jeremy Abbott.
On the bright side, there are plenty of Olympic sports for older athletes. The average age for U.S. curlers is 33.9, with the oldest American curler being 45-year-old Ann Swisshelm. (The youngest is 22-year-old Jared Zezel.)
For instance, it’s actually better for someone who luges to be heavier, Hewett said. And cross country skiers, curlers and speed skaters actually get better as they get older until well into their 30s.
“I would say if it’s a sport that requires lightness and a low center of mass, it’s going to be a younger sport, and if it requires more experience, it’s going to be older,” Hewett said.
Tessa Virtue is a London, Ont-born figure skater—who, alongside partner Scott Moir—is the most decorated figure skater in Olympic history. Here, she tells FLARE how she made it
By Meghan Collie September 30, 2018
Tessa Virtue; @tessavirtue17
How do you describe your job to your family?
My family has been privy to the rollercoaster that has been my job since I was young. They understand that the life of an athlete requires discipline, sacrifice, and structure. That said, I am currently experiencing a shift as I move away from competitive skating. It is time to step out of my comfort zone and embrace new challenges. I’m co-producing a 30-city tour this fall with Scott Moir [Virtue’s skating partner of 21 years, with whom she’s won three Olympic gold medals, two silvers and three world championships], which I think will be both wildly difficult and extremely fulfilling.
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
For much of my 10-year stint training in Canton, Michigan, I attended the University of Windsor and studied psychology. I’m three half-credits short of graduating, and I plan to pursue a masters of business administration.
What was your BIG break? How did you land it?
My big break occurred when I was six years old and met Scott Moir.
What would you say has been your most significant setback, career-wise, to date? How did you bounce back?
I suffer from chronic exertional compartment syndrome, [which is] an overuse injury affecting my shins and calves. After two surgeries and a decade of intense work with sport physiologists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, massage therapists and psychologists, I learned to alter my training to adapt to my circumstances. I have surrounded myself with a top-notch support team, changed my mechanics (which meant rerouting brain patterns to facilitate different technique), and committed to pushing my body’s limits without pushing through the pain. It’s a constant struggle, but it has taught me so many lessons about evolving expectations and redefining the “norm.”
Name one piece of career advice you always give.
It’s all about balance! For athletes, it is unhealthy to be one-sport focused, especially at a young age. I believe in exposing kids to lots of activities—there are great advantages to being a well-rounded athlete and human, no matter the field of play.
Who is your favourite person to follow on social media from your industry? What do you love about their social feeds?
Fellow figure skater Adam Rippon is particularly hysterical. I love that he showcases his genuine humour while also using his platform to take a stand on meaningful, relevant topics.
What’s the most pressing issue facing women in your industry right now? What would fix it?
Women in figure skating, like in every other industry, are expected to conform to an unrealistic standard of beauty. Unhealthy habits are often encouraged to promote a thin frame, and young girls idealize a skewed definition of “fit.” Add to that the ever-present power dynamic between coach and athlete, and girls have an enormous weight to carry before being equipped with the tools to properly protect themselves. It’s troubling, but with more women speaking up and sharing their stories, I would like to think there is hope for change both in culture and as it relates to self-esteem.
Do you think you earn a similar wage as your male counterparts in your industry?
I know that when Scott and I work together, our earnings are equal.
Have you ever asked for a raise? If so, how did you phrase it and did you get it? If not, why not?
Understanding my worth in the market is part of my job, and ensuring I am valued is important to me. I love negotiating, and do so frequently for contracts. I am fair and reasonable, but willing to walk away if a deal cannot be struck.
Looking to the future, what worries you the most about your career?
Let’s face it: 2018 will be hard for me to top. I often worry that I will never fill the void of competition, or that anything less than performing on the world’s biggest stage—however terrifying that may be—will be unfulfilling. I have to trust that the skill set I learned through skating will transfer. It’s just about finding the right passion to focus my energy into!
All work and little play makes an Olympic figure skater. Area experts say it takes true dedication to the sport, including on and off ice training.
Madison Gesiotto gave up her dream of becoming an Olympic skater, but she never will forget her time on the ice with one of this year’s Olympians, Miki Ando of Japan.
“I will be watching her,” the Jackson High School senior said.
Ando, the 2007 world champion, currently is in fourth place, one spot out of a medal. Kim Yu-na has the lead going into tonight’s finals being televised at 8 on WKYC TV 3.
Gesiotto and Ando trained together at Winterhurst Figure Skating Club in Cleveland. Their coach was Carol Heiss Jenkins, who won a gold medal in figure skating at the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Gesiotto has no regrets about not attempting to qualify for this year’s events, once her longtime dream.
“I would love to be skating, but a couple years ago, I had to make a choice,” she said. “I want to be a liver transplant surgeon, so I chose school over skating.”
Although she has taken a different route, Gesiotto continues to skate, now coaching at the Center Ice Sports Complex in Jackson Township, where she also once trained.
Perhaps this year’s Winter Olympics will inspire others into the local skating program.
“Figure skating interest always spikes during the Winter Olympics,” said Stephanie Troyer, skating director at the Center Ice. “Just seeing it on TV sparks an interest.”
NOT AN EASY SPORT
As graceful as figure skating appears to be, it isn’t easy, area experts say.
Viewers don’t see the dedication Olympians have for the sport on and off the ice.
In addition to skating several hours a day, it is important for these athletes to take ballet, yoga, running, and strength and conditioning exercises to stay competitive, Troyer said. Ice dancers also take ballroom dancing, she said, noting that pair skaters do even more.
“It is a lot of hard work and true dedication to reach the Olympics,” she said. “The earlier one starts learning to skate and train, the better their chances are of making it to the Olympics.”
So what should someone do if a family member has a desire to skate?
Troyer suggests enrolling them in a learn-to-skate program at an ice rink.
“We have a couple of students who are quite young and have pretty good talent,” Troyer said.
Andrea Stefan is president of the Skate Club at Center Ice.
“I think all skaters are hopefuls, but more than anything, to make it to the Olympics, it takes a lot of heart,” Stefan said. “You have to have longevity in the sport, and if you can put in the time and stay from injuries, there is hope.”
Kamryn Lorenzen and Tori Hicks, both participants in the Center Ice program, are among those on track to becoming the next great skating stars.
“I want to go as far as I can in this sport,” Kamryn said. “I took ballet for five or six years, which helped me a lot in this sport, but it also matters what you eat, how much you sleep and so much more.”
She knows that at 16, it is a long shot for her to become an Olympic skater, especially since she didn’t get into the sport until she was 12. But she doesn’t say she can’t do it.
Rather, the home-schooled teen would rather go where figure skating takes her.
“I really like skating,” she said. “Even though I like every aspect of it, I really enjoy the jumps because there are so many variations and position changes, and when you do them well, it gives you such a good feeling.”
Tori said being an Olympic skater always has been a dream.
“Maybe in 2014,” said the Jackson High School freshman. “I started skating at age 4, so I’ve been doing this for 10 years now.”
Both young women have competed in regional events, noting that it is exciting when you compete with different skaters, skaters of all levels.
Interested in figure skating? Or do you have a family member who wants to start? Here’s what you need to know:
WHAT The Center Ice Skating Club is a group of skaters and parents that buy blocks of ice time from the rink to provide a venue for young figure skaters. According to Andrea Stefan, club president, members are “eligible to compete in all U.S. Figure Skating competitions like those you see on television.”
WHERE Center Ice Sports Complex, 8319 Port Jackson Ave. NW, Jackson Township.
WHEN 4:10-5:10 p.m. Monday; 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday; 4:20-5:20 p.m. Wednesday; 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday. Learn to skate classes are 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
QUALIFICATIONS A skater must have completed Basic Level 8 in the Learn to Skate program and have the recommendation of a coach to be eligible for club membership. These serious skaters are taking, or who want to take, private, professional instruction.
AGES, LEVELS Ages 8 to 18; all levels from beginner to senior.
COST $768 for 96 sessions; additional sessions can cost up to $7.75 per session
CONTACT If interested, call Andrea Stefan at (330) 880-0360 or go to the club’s Web site at www.skatingsmylife.com
QUOTE “You may have seen our skaters locally at events such as the Christmas Light Up Downtown program in Canton as well as in competitions around the area, the state, and the region. ” Stefan said.
For the first time, Center Ice Sports Complex is hosting the Cleveland Invitational Figure Skating Championships on March 19-21.
The two-day competition will host 140 athletes in several divisions and disciplines. Athletes will compete in pre-preliminary, preliminary, pre-juvenile, juvenile, intermediate, novice, junior and senior, and adult gold, silver, and bronze level events that include ice dance, solo and couples, pairs, showcase and maneuver team. Competitors from Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Michigan will compete.
This is a question I hear people ask all the time: “is it too late for me to start figure skating”?
Here, I would like to answer this question and share my opinion on this topic.
Let’s be honest: if you are 13 or older and you are just thinking to start figure skating, it’s unlikely you’ll make it to the Olympics.
There is simply not a lot of examples of skaters that started skating this late and made it to the highest international level.
Figure skating is a very young sport and it’s normal when 15-year old girls win at the Olympic Games (like Tara Lipinski in 1998 or Alina Zagitova in 2018). In general, in competitive figure skating, anyone over 25 is considered a veteran and most of the skaters quit competing well before they turn 30.
In one of the other articles, I explained what is the best age to start figure skating and when most Olympic champions first stepped on the ice – at 4-6 years old.
But it doesn’t mean there is absolutely no chance to get high results at competitions if you are one of the late starters – it is possible and it’s up to you, your physical capabilities and how hard you are willing to work.
You will have to work harder than other skaters at the rink; you will have to skate more than others and take private lessons to catch up.
Also, it is very important to find the right coach so you learn a proper technique from the start and there won’t be a situation when you learn an element with the wrong technique which will become a set back later.
For example, let’s say, you are just starting to learn a single Lutz jump. It’s critical to learn a proper technique from the start – a takeoff on Lutz jump should be from a clear outside edge. Later, when you’ll be moving on to double jumps, the technique shouldn’t change.
It takes a lot of time and it’s extremely hard to change the technique after you learned something and you got used to it. Coming back to our example, if you learned from the start to do Lutz the wrong way (inside edge on takeoff), later on, it’s not an easy fix. These little details are very important and they have to be addressed from the start as you just starting to learn an element.
I few skating friends of mine started skating at 11-12 years old, they got to a pretty high level and later were able to work as professional ice show skaters with Disney on Ice and Willie Bietak Productions on Royal Caribbean cruise ships. It could be a good motivation and a realistic goal – to join a professional ice show, make some money and travel around the world.
Even if you don’t make it to the Olympics, there are other goals that could be achieved. It’s still possible to learn triple jumps if you start skating late, even at 13-15. It’s going to be a huge challenge to learn triples if you start even later at 16-18 years old but I feel like all double jumps including the double Axel is more of a realistic goal in that case.
But once again, it will take a long time, maybe 5-6 years until you’ll be able to perform some harder tricks; you’ll have to skate almost every day, you’ll have to stay motivated and focused even when things don’t work out – that’s the only way to do it.
Is it ever too late to start figure skating? I don’t believe so. Figure skating is a beautiful sport, it’s extremely hard and very technical and that’s the reason why it attracts so many people around the world.
It attracts those that don’t look for something easy.
Some people might learn new things very quickly, for others it might take a little bit longer. It’s absolutely normal and there is nothing wrong with it. The main focus should be set on your goal and you should step by step get closer even if these steps are little.
I hope you found this article useful and it helped you in one way or another. If you have any questions or comments, please feel welcome to comment below this post. I’ll be happy to respond as soon as I get a chance.
Train like an Olympic Figure Skater
Although great figure skaters can make their routines look effortless, they require an exceptional amount of strength, agility, balance and power to spin, jump, and stick their landings. Figure skaters need to spend a significant amount of their training both on and off the ice. Below, NEBH Athletic Trainers describe a few ways that you can train like an Olympic figure skater.
Just like a professional figure skater, you will need to warm up properly to avoid injuries. Try jumping jacks, jumping rope, stationary cycling or running or walking in place for 5-10 minutes.
Strength is essential for figure skaters to perform jumps and spins, as well as to increase speed and power on the ice. Although you may not need strength to jump and spin on the ice, keeping your muscles strong and flexible can help you relieve back pain, restore range of motion and help reduce muscle soreness.
Lie on floor, face down, legs together with hands on the floor under your shoulders, and fingers pointed forward.
Ankles are flexed so your toes are on the floor.
Keep your back and legs straight while pushing up. Maintain the alignment of your head, shoulders and hips.
Now lower your body toward the floor without touching the floor and repeat.
You are working against gravity, so be sure to keep your abdominal (or stomach) muscles pulled in tight (pull your belly button in towards your spine) and do not let your back sag at your waist.
The level of difficulty for pushups can be adjusted. Try them in a bent-knee position or standing with hands against the wall.
Back Leg Raises
Stand behind a sturdy chair, holding on for balance. Breathe in slowly.
Breathe out and slowly lift/kick one leg straight back without bending your knee or pointing your toes. Try not to lean forward. The leg you are standing on should be slightly bent.
Hold position for 1 second then swing/step your foot forward.
Now slowly lift/kick the other leg back.
Repeat 10 to 15 times.
Your core is made up of your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen. Strength, power, speed, quickness, agility, coordination, balance and proper skating posture all come from the core of the body. Strengthening your core can help with everything from sweeping the floor to perfecting your golf swing.
Lie on your stomach with your forearms on the floor and your elbows directly below your shoulders.
Push yourself up onto your elbows or hands.
Tighten your abdominal muscles and lift your hips off the floor while you squeeze your gluteal muscles and lift your knees off the floor simultaneously.
Keep your body straight and hold for 10-60 seconds. If you cannot hold this position, bring your knees back to the floor and hold with just your hips lifted.
Slowly return to the start position and rest 15 seconds. Repeat 5-10 times.
Lie on your back on the floor with your knees bent and hands at the back of your head with your elbows open wide.
Find something on the ceiling to look at in order to keep your neck stable.
Tighten your abdominal muscles and lift your head and shoulder blades off of the floor.
Keep your lower back flat to the floor and hold for 2 seconds
Lower your head and shoulders back to the floor. Repeat.
Try oblique crunches as well by rotating your elbow towards your opposite knee. (they don’t need to touch)
Slowly lower and repeat 10-15 times, 1-2 sets.
Ice skaters are constantly improving their agility in order to move quickly and change direction with ease, all while looking graceful. Agility exercises can also help with balance, range of motion, coordination and strength.
Begin by standing with your feet together and arms at your sides.
Step sideways with your left foot, then cross in front with your right.
Step sideways with the left foot and cross behind with your right foot. Continue this action.
Repeat this activity, moving to the other side.
Perform two sets of 10 in each direction
Leading with your right leg, skip as high as you possibly can by raising your right knee to hip height and simultaneously swinging your left arm straight overhead.
Your left leg should remain straight and your right elbow should be slightly bent at your side.
Land on the ball of your left foot.
Repeat the skipping motion with your opposite arm and leg.
A great deal of figure skating is performed on one foot, so the ability to balance is crucial. Balance is also important in everyday life as it can help prevent falls, which are the leading cause of injury to seniors in the United States.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs
Shift your weight to your right side, then lift your left foot off the floor
Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 60 seconds.
Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.
Raise arms to sides, shoulder height.
Choose a spot ahead of you and focus on it to keep you steady as you walk.
Walk in a straight line with one foot in front of the other.
As you walk, lift your back leg. Pause for 1 second before stepping forward.
Repeat for 20 steps, alternating legs.
If you have any health concerns, consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.