All exercise is important, especially as we age, but the right type of exercise can prevent falls. What type of exercise is this? Any type of exercise that deals with balance. In this article we are going to talk about some simple exercises seniors can work into their daily activities to prevent falls. Before starting any exercise regime, it is important to consult your doctor and make sure it is safe for you.
If you are trying to exercise to prevent falls, the first thing we are going to do is a quick warm up. A warmup can be as simple as standing up and sitting down or walking slowly around the house. Once you are warmed up, it is time to begin the balancing exercises. Walk heal-to-toe. Do this approximately 7-8 times. Pause. And Repeat. Your heals and toes should touch or nearly touch. Doing this about 5-10 times works great. Stop if you begin to feel light headed or a loss of balance. Make sure to take adequate breaks between sets.
Another great exercise to prevent falls for seniors is leg extensions. You must be seated before beginning. Lift one leg until it is horizontal from the ground and hold for a couple of seconds. Let the leg down. Then extend the other leg and hold for a couple of seconds, let the leg down. Rest and repeat like the other exercise. There are many more balance exercises, and you can simply search for balance exercises on google to find a bunch.
One last exercise to do is standing on one foot. Do this near a wall just in case you need to steady yourself with your arm. Stand on one of your feet and shift your balance to that foot. Count to 7 and set the foot down. Switch feet and then rest.
With these few exercises to prevent falls for seniors you can decrease your risk of falling. However, no matter how good your balance is as a senior, it is important to take precautions. We offer medical alert systems as a backup. If you do find yourself in an emergency, simply press your necklace or bracelet and help will be on its way.
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