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5 Water Exercises for Seniors

Balance Exercises

If you're like many people over the age of 65, you may worry about falling. And it's a worry founded in fact: 1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 falls every year, and as many as 20 to 30 percent of those who fall have injuries such as hip fractures, lacerations and head traumas (including traumatic brain injury) [source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention].

Maintaining good balance into your senior years is important for reducing your risk of falling. Look for classes such as tai chi or yoga that are offered in water -- they'll boost your balance, and practicing the movement while immersed in water will allow you greater range of motion and reduce the strain on your joints. And because it's practiced in the water, you don't have to worry about being injured from falls while participating.