Keep on moving!

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Exercise is one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent falls. Staying fit and active improves your strength and balance, reducing your risk of falling significantly. The best part is there are so many fun and varied ways to keep moving and exercise, from dancing to bike riding, or even specialist programs.

When deciding what types of exercise and schedule, you want to consider various aspects of your health and stamina, and consider what are the risk areas you need to focus on. For example, if you have weak legs or poor balance, you will want to do exercises such as yoga or tai chi which focus on improving balance and co-ordination. It is good to talk to a doctor or exercise professional about what activities would be best suited for you, and how to do them correctly and safely.

You want to have a mix of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, and strength exercises a few days a week, which works to strengthen major muscles. Examples of moderate aerobic activity include walking, dancing, volleyball. Vigorous aerobic activities include running, single tennis, aerobics, martial arts, and so on. A good way to examine the amount of exercise you are doing is to remember that one minute of vigorous activity has equal health benefits to two minutes of moderate activity. Your strength exercises are so important because in strengthening your muscles you improve stability, help regulate blood sugar and pressure, and maintain strong bones. All of these health benefits help to reduce your risk of a fall. 

It is so important to keep moving throughout the day even when you are not exercising. Sitting for long periods of time can have significant detrimental impacts on your health, greatly increasing your risk of a fall. Intersperse periods of sitting with activity and movement so you can stay healthy and mobile.

Luckily, even in the event of a fall, Telehealth will be there with prompt and professional aid to make sure that you are always safe in your home and help is only a click away.