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Quick Tip / Balance…How to Keep It.
As we age we begin to loose our balance for various reasons. It could be from how the medications may effect our bodies, various medical conditions such as inner ear conditions, low blood pressure, neurological problems or from surgeries knee & hip replacements, foot conditions and impaired vision. Also environmental harasses (having scattered rugs, poor lighting in the home) and or lack of physical activity.
The effect of drugs on the elderly, and the difficulties surrounding medication compliance, are also believed to be the root cause for many of fall incidents.
– Root Cause of Falls
– Accident/Environmental 31%
– Gait/Balance Disorder 17%
– Other Specified 15%
– Vertigo/Dizziness 13%
– Drop Attack 10%
So as we age how can we keep our balance.
– First start out by scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician for a complete physical and to discuss any concerns you maybe having with your balance.
– Second if possible have an environmental assessment completed by a professional i.e. Physical Therapist if able to ensure your home is safe.
– Third incorporate a well balance diet. I recommend meeting with a dietitian to go over your daily/weekly meal plan. The dietitian will also suggest how you can maintain balance meals on your budget.
– Stretching start your day with daily stretching exercises. Yoga is a wonderful exercise that will help you to not only keep your joints limber but it will increase your flexibility, coordination, range of motion, strength, balance as well as relaxation.
– Resistance and weight training. With resistance and weight training is a slow and controlled movement which will helps the muscles to work against tension. Start with the lowest possible resistance band or weight slow increase. For example start with a 2 lb weight increase 2.5 lbs weight after 4 weeks or pending on what your physician says. Using resistance bands and weights will help you to increase your flexibility, coordination, range of motion, strength and of course your balance.
Odetta Canady Owner/Trainer, Refresh Fitness 4 Life