Best Sports for Building Balance

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on April 21, 2012
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You know hearing worsens with age. But did you also know your ears are responsible for another of the unwelcome challenges of aging? Changes in the inner ear can throw off your balance and leave you more susceptible to falls and breaks, says the National Institutes of Health.

     There's not much you can do to slow the process, but you can compensate by building muscles that keep you sure-footed and steady, says Bob Greene, author of 20 Years Younger. He suggests–in addition to strength training–taking up sports that challenge and build balance. They include:

Badminton

Basketball

Bowling

Climbing

Dancing

Golf

Horseback riding

Ice skating

Inline skating

Mountain biking

Stand-up paddle boarding

Pilates

Racquet sports (racquetball, tennis, squash

Skiing/snowboarding

Surfing

Tai Chi

Volleyball

Yoga