Balance -- A key to good health

As we reach middle age and beyond, we all begin to lose some of the balance we enjoyed in our youth. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get it back. Balance training means maintaining a regular routine of exercises that will help build strength so that your risk of falls is reduced, the risk of injury to your feet, ankles, knees and hips is lowered, and your ability to know where you are in space, what therapists call proprioception, is improved. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, there are many ways to incorporate balance training in your everyday life. Standing on one leg while you’re at the sink (so you can place a hand on the edge for stability), sitting and rising from a chair without using your hands, deliberately walking heel-to-toe, and tossing a ball between two people can all help improve your balance. If you don’t do balance exercises yet, start. If you are doing them, keep up the good work.