Without a sense of balance, many things in life threaten to become insurmountable obstacles.
In her excellent article, Jane Brody, The New York Times’ health writer, documents why balance needs to be talked up in fitness circles as much as strength training, aerobics and stretching.
As Jane notes, a sense of balance can be preserved and even restored through exercises that require no special equipment or training. These exercises are as simple as standing on one foot while brushing your teeth or walking heel-to-toe with one foot directly in front of the other.
Jane’s article even offers a simple assessment of your current ability to maintain balance.