MAINTAIN YOUR BALANCE AND EXTEND YOUR LIFE:

The reason making a conscious effort to include activities that address balance in your exercise routine is because the ability to remain upright and sure-footed requires several complex components of the nervous system and motor movement functions to remain in tact. According to neurologist Dr. David Thurman, a spokesman for the American Academy of Neurology, these include the inner ear, vision, the ability to sense where one’s arms, legs and other parts of the body are without looking at them…as well as maintaining the strength and flexibility of bones and soft tissue. Dr. Thurman says, “The preponderance of evidence shows fairly convincingly that strength and balance training can reduce falls by up to 50%.”

By far the best way to avoid losing our balance is to maintain that skill, so we don’t have to deal with the challenges of getting it back late in life. There are many exercise classes and Pilates studios available where balance training is a priority. Tai Chi can be a very effective way to improve your balance as well. The good news according to Dr. Thurman is, “the nervous system has considerably more regenerative capacity into our senior years than we used to think, the capacity to adjust, compensate and even develop new skills remains there.”

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