May 28 is the 21st annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This day encourages older Americans to stay healthy, including participating in a regular program that focuses on strength, endurance, and balance training to keep both their mind and body fit. The American Heart Association recommends working up to 150 minutes of activity per week; that breaks down to 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days per week.
Through regular exercise you can build strength and improve balance. Keeping your body strong and fit is also a great way to prevent falls. As we age, preventing falls is crucial to staying healthy, as falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors in the United States. Here are some simple precautions you can take to help avoid falling.
Falls may seem common, but they can have many serious results. The number one predictor for falls is whether or not you’ve fallen in the past. If you have fallen recently or have felt unsteady, talk to your doctor about personalized strategies to help keep your balance.