One Word that Can Reduce Your Fall Risk – Fitness

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posted by Ted Ryan on September 22, 2014

It’s a no-brainer, right? Of course fitness improves strength, balance and flexibility, but have you really thought about what’s at risk?

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Even a fall without injury can impact a senior’s quality of life. The fear of falling can cause older adults to limit social activities, which leads to further physical decline, depression, social isolation and feelings of helplessness.

Luckily, we’re not helpless in the matter. A simple exercise routine is a great way to stay confident and mobile. Below are a few fitness programs to help keep you on your feet, at any age.

  • Tai Chi – This ancient art-form is designed to exercise the mind and body through slow, synchronized movements that anyone can perform.
  • Yoga – Combining a series of poses with breathing works on strength, flexibility and balance. Yoga can be adapted to any level.
  • Pilates - The ability to modify exercises for differing needs, makes Pilates a good senior exercise program. Furthermore, most beginner Pilates exercises are done lying down or sitting, so there is less risk of falling than there might be with some other forms of exercise.
  • Water Exercise – Working out in water allows seniors to get the benefits of a workout with less stress and strain on the body’s joints
  • Walking – Walking is a great way to exercise. It can be done anywhere and all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes.

Before starting a fitness program, you should speak with a professional. To learn about senior fitness programs available visit your local YMCA or Area Agency on Aging.

If you worry that someone you know may be a fall risk, or need any other form of home care assistance, please contact us. We’re here to help.

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