To boost your balance, act like a flamingo and stand on one leg. British researchers say doing so for a few moments daily trains your brain to react 55% faster if you trip or lose your balance, helping you avoid painful falls. To do: Stand in a doorway with your feet together, then lift one foot off the floor (you can lightly grip the doorframe for support if you feel unsteady); hold the pose for as long as you’re able (the goal is 60 seconds), then switch legs. Once you master the move unaided, try the pose while standing on a soft surface, like a pillow.
Permission to skip grueling workouts to bolster your bones in favor of having a little fun! It turns out, to encourage healthy new bone growth and stop further bone loss as you age, all you have to do is jump. The impact of simply hopping around for a few minutes coaxes more calcium into bones, which significantly increases bone density and helps prevent painful fractures if you ever take a tumble. For best results, do three sets of 10 hops each day, keeping a sturdy chair nearby for stability if needed.