A new Finnish study published in the September 27 online edition of A rchives of Internal Medicine found that elderly women were less likely to fracture their hips if they maintained "moderate lifelong physical activity."

Key exercises included balance and leg strength.

Gilbert L. Ross, MD, medical/executive director of The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), weighed in on the study via an ACSH newsletter and wrote, "Though this is a small study, very few elderly patients who suffer from hip fractures due to falls return to independent living, so balance training is important."

To maintain long-term hip health, you may want to try these exercises:
 - Hip Opener and Balance Pose with yogi Shiva Rea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdlhZpV-qk8
 - Hip Balance Exercise on the Kinesis System: http://www.liverpoolsport.com/articles/2369024-Hip-Balance-Exercise-on-the-Kinesis-System.html
 - Australian Women's Weekly Body Balance exercise program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfypIH3rq3g
 - 4 Awesome Exercises for Balance and Leg Strength: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6pnogAnKFU

Full study, "Long-term Outcomes of Exercise: Follow-up of a Randomized Trial in Older Women With Osteopenia": http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/170/17/1548