6 Best Balance Workouts for Better Stability

By K. Aleisha Fetters |

Experts share how to help prevent falls and stay strong on your feet—for life.

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When we’re young, we take staying upright for granted. We don’t really worry about falling—it might not even cross our minds.

But over the years, things change. The body’s systems that detect gravity, identify exact body positioning at any moment, and promote balance and stability become less effective, says Caroline DeGroot, M.P.T., a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy’s vestibular program, which focuses on helping adults improve their balance and stability.

On their own, these declines increase your risk of falling, but they often occur alongside losses in muscle strength and mobility, says Barbara Bergin, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon in Austin. She adds that type 2 diabetes, which affects about 25 percent of older adults, is one of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy, or nerve damage that can result in numbness in the hands, feet, and other parts of the body.

Put all of that together, and it’s easy to see why falls are the number-one cause of injuries and death from injuries among older Americans. In fact, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an older adult falls every single second of each day in the United States.

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