There is a common conception that as we get older, we become more frail and our risk of falling increases. While this may be true, falling isn’t a “normal” part of aging. Your chances of falling increase when you go an extended period of time (6-months to a year) without exercising. People who don’t exercise aren’t building strength in their muscles and joints, which causes their muscles to start withering away.
People who don’t exercise regularly are left with a decreased ability to move their muscles and joints, particularly when walking or climbing stairs. Their speed will also decrease, leaving them unsteady on their feet, and consequently at a higher risk for falling. If you’re nervous about your stability, this is the right article for you! Even as a senior, there is a lot you can do to prevent falls from occurring, starting today! Here are 7 tips on how to improve body awareness and prevent falls…
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It’s always important to maintain good fitness, but as we age it’s even more important to stay fit and strong. This doesn’t mean going to the gym every day and lifting heavy weights. All it takes is participating in daily exercise. You can tailor this fitness to your preference, whether it be Zumba, a yoga class, going for a swim, or a jog. Plan ahead what exercise you’ll be doing each day, so that you get a variety of cardio and strength training workouts in. For more information, check out this article on Exercises That Help Prevent Falls in Seniors.