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Fall Prevention Tips

Take steps to prevent a fall!

1. For strength and balance, perform exercises in a standing position.  Try tai-chi, wall pushups, stair climbing or exercising with weights or exercise bands.

2. For endurance, try walking, dancing, gardening, bicycling, cross-country skiing or swimming.

3. For flexibility, try bending, stretching, yoga or tai chi.

4. Do at least 150 minutes of activity every week. These activities should make you sweat a little and breathe a little harder. You can break this into 10 minute periods.

5. Activities should strengthen both arm and leg muscles. Arm strength is needed just as much as leg strength for daily tasks.

6. Always talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new physical activity.

 

Benefits of Physical Activity

• Keeps your bones and muscles healthy and strong • Improves your balance • Helps you to move more easily • Keeps your heart and lungs healthy • Increases your energy • Helps you sleep • Improves your confidence in walking • Helps to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure

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