One of the top reasons that seniors fall in their homes is because they do not engage in regular physical activity.
Physical activity can go a long way in aiding fall prevention. Failure to exercise regularly results in poor muscle tone, decreased strength, and loss of bone mass and flexibility. All contribute to falls and severe injuries.
- Engage regularly (e.g., every other day for about 15 minutes daily) in exercise designed to increase muscle and bone strength, and to improve balance, flexibility and coordination. Many people enjoy walking, swimming and other water workouts.
- Undertake daily activities in a safe manner, such as reaching and bending properly, taking time to recover balance when rising from a chair or bed, learning the proper way to fall, and learning how to recover after a fall.
- Wear proper fitting, supportive shoes with low heels or rubber soles.