Exercising helps prevent falls, especially for Seniors.
We all know someone or the other who has had a fall, and the resultant fractures or torn ligaments they have suffered. You may think it won’t happen to you, but falls are actually the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults and seniors. But while the good news is that falling is not a normal part of growing old, the risk of falling does rise as we age.
Why does the risk of falling increase as we age? According to Harvard Health Publications (Harvard Medical School), “Each of the systems that keep us upright and balanced—including the brain and central nervous system, vision, and muscles—loses a small amount of function with age. The sensory information entering our eyes and ears takes longer to travel to our brain for processing, making us more likely to become off-balance.” With age also have more illnesses, with related medicines to treat them. Many medications can cause instability and the compromising side effects of dizziness, drowsiness, and confusion. You, and other seniors like you, have the power to prevent falls. There are programs that are proven to reduce your chances of falling. They are fun and effective—and they can help you stay independent and active.
Getting regular exercise is one way to prevent falls and the injuries that are a result of those falls. Exercise keeps your muscles and bones strong while improving your balance. It also helps keep joints, tendons, and ligaments flexible. In turn, your balance and the way you walk may improve, lessening your risk of falling. Exercise can help prevent falls because it:
• Strengthens your muscles, making them more flexible
• Improves your balances
• Increase the length of time you can remain active
• You may want to exercise on your own or join a group. A supervised group program can also help to improve your balance and bearing.