Falling is the leading cause of fatal injury and common nonfatal trauma hospitalizations. Poor balance and gait is a major reason why falls occur. If you fear falling you’re more likely to limit the amount of physical activity you do each day. Your muscles and bones are living tissues that get stronger when you increase your physical activity. Exercising promotes muscle strength, hand-eye coordination, and balance, which play a key role in preventing falls. Studies show that seniors are more likely to fear falling, however, there are many ways to manage and prevent it. Here are a few ways to minimize the fear of falling.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “28.7% of older adults reported falling; the estimated 29.0 million falls resulted in 7.0 million injuries.” The loss of strength and stamina due to aging is partly caused by an absence of or reduced physical activity. The primary reason why older adults become hospitalized is because of falls due to lower body extremity weakness. The gluteus maximus, soleus, and the uterus are just some of the strongest muscles in the human body. Therefore, by performing just a few simple exercises can help you keep a strong and stable lower body. Here are a few that you can do in the comfort of your own home:
- Alternating Lunges
- Single Leg Stands
- Chair Leg Raises