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Walking on a "cobblestone mat," a long mat embedded with plastic stones of various sizes, focuses your attention on where you are stepping and engages the muscles that keep you from falling over. This combination can improve balance, especially in older adults.
A study of adults aged 60-92 years found that those who participated in a 60-minute cobblestone mat exercise session three times a week for 16 weeks showed significant reductions in blood pressure compared with adults who participated in a standard walking exercise program.