We know that each year more than one-third of people age 65 or older suffer a fall and many of those incidents cause serious injuries or in some cases even death. This is why preventing falls is extremely important for the elderly, and balance as well as strength excises can help to prevent falls.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends 5 simple exercises that do not require any special equipment other than a chair (and someone to assist you if needed) that can improve balance and increase lower body strength. The series of exercises include the following: standing on one foot; walking heel to toe; balance walk; back leg raises; and side leg raises.
These easy-to-do exercises can be done throughout the day and only take a few minutes to do each of them. For further instructions on how they should be done, the NIH website offers a video on each exercise. In addition the NIH recommends that seniors try to do three other types of exercises that focus on improving endurance, strength and flexibility.
At MorningStar of Arvada, we recognize the importance of exercising, and as such, will provide our residents with a full calendar of activities including well-designed exercise programs once we open in early 2018. With our large range of classes, there is something that is sure to please everyone. Examples of what our monthly calendar may include: group exercises, moving and grooving, morning strength, balance and posture, flex and stretch, relaxation and chair exercises. Other opportunities for exercising may include activities such as a walking group.
This post is intended for informational purposes only. Before beginning any exercises, please consult with your health care provider.
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