Better balance for better health

Published: August, 2012

A tumbling toddler can be a joy to behold. A tumbling adult often verges on tragedy. Poor balance, a persistent problem for millions of adults, can cause bone breaking falls. It can also lead to a damaging, downward spiral of inactivity that weakens muscles and bones, and further damages balance.

Maintaining and improving balance should be an integral part of physical activity. Better Balance, a new report from Harvard Medical School, offers six workouts designed to help anyone achieve better balance. The full blend of activities described in the report can help build better body awareness, tune-up the heart, tone muscle, build bone, boost confidence, and preserve independence.

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