Does that sound like you? Or someone that you know?
Falls affect many people over 65, with about 1 in 3 older adults experiencing a fall annually. So if you think about yourself and just two other friends, statistically, one of you are likely to have a fall in the next year. So, it's definitely not an uncommon experience!
It’s not rocket science - falls are an issue because when you fall you risk injuring yourself, going to hospital and having ongoing pain or disability. Your confidence and independence might be affected too!
This is a blog about exercise, so you might be wondering…how can exercise help?
Did you know that research has shown that exercise:
- Reduced falls risk
- Improves balance
- Improves leg strength
- Slows the decline in bone mineral density that happens with age
But it’s not just any sort of exercise! Specific balance and strength exercises are needed to do this. That’s where speaking to your exercise physiologist and/or physiotherapist is crucial. They can design a tailored exercise program that sees you active and confident in your movement in no time.
So what are you waiting for? Speak to your exercise professional and start exercising now!