After age 40 we start to lose some of that “cat-like” balance we used to have. At the same time, we can lose about 1% of muscle mass and bone density every year after 50. And for sure, all of this speeds up a bit once women go through menopause.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, bones that lose density have a greater chance of succumbing to osteoporosis, and having osteoporosis is a the #1 biggest risk for breaking a bone if we fall.
Here’s a short video to talk you through the importance of balance, and how to stay steady on our feet . . . for the rest of our lives!
And remember this: We can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it! Yay!
Barbara Hannah Grufferman is the National Osteoporosis Foundation Ambassador for Bone Health. For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70…) check out bestofeverythingafter50.com. Find her on Facebook or on Twitter at @BGrufferman, check out her “Life After 50” column on Huffington Post, “The Best of Everything After 50” column on AARP, and her web series on the AARP YouTube Channel!