Improve your balance by strengthening your core

Your abdominal, back, and hip muscles can help you avoid falls.

Are you walking a bit more carefully lately, or feeling unsteady on your feet? You may be struggling with a balance problem. That puts you at risk for falls, one of the top causes of injury among older adults. But strengthening your core muscles—in your abdomen, back, and hips—can help. "Core strength is intimately related to balance, because you need good stability at your core to have safe and effective movement at the hip, knee, and ankle," says Kailin Collins, a physical therapist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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