Exercises to prevent falls with simple exercises that improve balance and mobility

Winter is coming, so are the typical snowy and icy conditions in the Northeast.  It’s all the more important to do strengthening exercises to improve balance and mobility to prevent falls.

Many falls are triggered by poor balance.  As we age, we may not have the same automatic reflex we enjoyed in our youth.  Muscle weakness, weak hips and legs, aches and pains and deteriorating vision all upset our sense of balance and our reflex.  Medical conditions such as spinal degeneration, low blood pressure and many drugs further affect balance and mobility.

There are many published articles and books on how exercises can improve balance and mobility.   Mayo Clinic provides a free slide show on their site to demonstrate how to do some simple balance exercises (https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/multimedia/balance-exercises/sls-20076853).

If you are interested in digging deeper into this topic, Harvard Medical School published a report, Better Balance: Simple exercises to improve stability and prevent falls (https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/better-balance-simple-exercises-to-improve-stability-and-prevent-falls).

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