This article was taken from the June-July 2017 issue of Generations Magazine.

As we age, we lose flexibility, strength and balance, which affects our general health and mobility. The good news is therapeutic exercise can help improve mobility and function.

Balance, flexibility and strength are essential to improve mobility and maintain independence.

Poor balance increases the risk of falls and when combined with osteoporosis can lead to fractures, which affect mobility. Good balance comes from strengthening the muscles of your core, back and lower extremities.

Single Leg Balance With Clock Reach

This easy exercise incorporates strengthening, stabilization and flexibility training.

Imagine you are standing in the middle of a clock. Bend legs slightly, reach forward with one foot at 12 o’clock, then move it back to the starting position. Reach toward 3 o’clock, then back and continue toward 6 and 9 o’clock. Repeat 10 times. Keep your core tight and hips level when stepping. Hold onto a chair for balance as needed.

It’s never too late to start increasing muscle strength and you don’t need fancy equipment to improve posture, mobility and function. Physical therapy can help increase mobility, return your independence and provide you with a renewed sense of confidence.