You can stop falling!

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You’ve woken at 3am, needing to use the bathroom. The sleeping tablets you’ve been taking have made you a bit woozy in the head but you think to yourself “The bathroom’s not far, I don’t want to turn on the light and wake up my partner.” You slip your blue slippers on and feel your way to the bathroom. As you bend to sit down onto the toilet seat, you realise, you’ve missed the seat! There’s nothing to hold onto and you crash backwards onto your backside and hit your head. You’re bleeding and it’s really difficult to get up. You call out, thankfully your partner hears you and can call the ambulance to help you. You make a full recovery, but it’s a scary experience and you’re now much more hesitant to do things by yourself. 

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!