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Better balance: Mental and physical fitness are both essential

Updated: June 01, 2013

Daily physical activity, targeted balance exercises, and steps to maintain your brain all help prevent falls.

If you've ever seen a friend or family member fall and suffer a major fracture—especially in the hip or spine—you know it's serious business. General physical fitness and targeted exercises to improve balance can prevent falls. But so can staying mentally active to maintain cognitive fitness. A sharp mind helps you to think—and stay—on your feet.

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