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Easy exercises to boost balance and strength

It’s old news that regular exercise is important to our health—we’ve been told as much our entire lives. But staying active is about more than just heart health and maintaining a healthy weight. Did you know that exercise can play a key role in mobility as you age?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, lower body weakness and difficulties with walking or balance are two of the key conditions that increase a person’s risk of falling. In addition, the National Institutes of Health says balance and strength exercises can help prevent falls by improving your ability to control and maintain your body’s position while moving or still.

With that in mind, we thought we’d share a few key exercises from a recent article from AARP.org entitled “7 Moves for Better Balance and Strength:”

  • Hip circles promote hip flexibility and increases strength in the hips, glutes, hamstrings and abdominals.
  • Squats are excellent for strengthening your core and legs, and can be modified in many different ways. You can even do them with a chair behind you!
  • The overhead reach (also known as “dry backstroke”) helps improve mid-back and shoulder mobility.
  • Split squats give you stronger quadriceps and increased hip stability.

Find the full list of tips, as well as illustrations and step-by-step instructions for completing each exercise, here.