Harvard Health Letter

Our balancing act

A number of conditions can rob you of your equilibrium. But you can often get it back with activity and exercise.

You probably have a pretty good idea of your health status. You may be able to reel off your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and maybe even your body mass index. But have you had your balance checked lately?

Try this. Put on a pair of comfortable shoes. Then stand with your arms relaxed at your sides. Lift one foot about six inches off the floor and hold that pose for 30 seconds.

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