Losing one’s balance can lead to very serious injuries including hip fractures

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , about 36 million falls are reported yearly in adults over 65, and more than 32,000 of those falls are fatal

1. Heel raises: Start simple. Stand in front of your kitchen counter or another stationary object of similar height and lift both heels off the ground

2. Single leg lifts: As with any exercises to maintain balance, be sure to support yourself, especially at the beginning

3. March in place: As simple as it may sound, marching in place is great for improving balance and hip strength

4. 3-way hip extensions: Don’t underestimate the importance of hip strength and flexibility in helping maintain balance

5. Squats: Squats are among the great conditioning exercises as well as exercises to maintain balance

As you begin these exercises to maintain balance, if you don’t feel comfortable doing more than one set, break it up into two or three sessions a day