Photo: Sergey Zaykov (Shutterstock) Though it’s easy to label someone who frequently slips, trips, falls and/or knocks into things as being “clumsy,” there is usually more to the story than that. While it’s possible that their main problem is not looking where they’re going or paying attention to their surroundings, a large part of being steady on your feet involves balance and vision (like peripheral vision and depth perception). The good news is that there are things you can to do decrease your chances of falling—including working on your balance. The bad news is that it does take some effort. Here’s what to know about improving your balance, in the hopes that it will reduce wintertime slips and spills, and come courtesy of a recent article by Jane E. Brody in The New York Times . What to know about balance and falling We should start by acknowledging that Brody’s article focuses on improving balance and decreasing the risk of falling for older adults (who do have a higher mortality rate from falls). But really, these balance strategies are beneficial at any age (especially during winter). Plus, the tips in the article come from George Locker, author of the book Falling Is Not an Option: A Way to Lifelong Balance . Locker trademarked an approach he calls “postural retraining,” which draws on lessons from martial arts and uses a series of postures and movements to work on a person’s stability. It’s tricky, though, because postural muscles are internal and […]