BALANCE Why it matters: Being steady on your feet reduces your risk of falling, improves posture, boosts fluidity and teaches you to connect your mind and body in the present moment. Exercise: Balance squat Stand on your right leg with your left foot lifted just off the floor. Bend your right knee and touch your left leg with the fingertips of both hands as low as you can—the knee, shin or shoelaces. As you straighten your right leg, reach both arms overhead. Repeat 10 times on the right side, then do 10 on the left. How to tell you’re improving: You reach farther down with each squat and do more reps without losing your balance.