Exercise: A Guide from the National Institute On Aging

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These types of exercises also improve your balance. You can do them almost anytime, anywhere, and as often as you like, as long as you have something sturdy nearby to hold onto if you become unsteady.


  • Walk heel-to-toe. Position your heel just in front of the toes of the opposite foot each time you take a step. Your heel and toes should touch or almost touch. (See Illustration.)
  • Stand on one foot (for example, while waiting in line at the grocery store or at the bus stop). Alternate feet.
  • Stand up and sit down without using your hands.