Balanced exercise activity

I have recently had more opportunities to talk with patients about the importance of a balanced exercise program.  Most folks are aware of the benefits of cardio activities and will opt for that type when starting a new exercise routine.  What I think is important, is to include exercises for strength and flexibility. 

Adding regular yoga practice, or Pilates is a terrific way to help protect bone density as we age and to improve and support our ability to control our bodies in space, maintaining balance, thus reducing the risk of falling. 

Along with good nutrition, participating in regular weight-bearing, resistance and stretching type exercise activities will contribute a great deal to keeping us strong, healthy and out of the nursing home.