Each year, millions of Americans are injured in some type of fall. For those over the age of 65, one in three individuals falls each year, leading to around a quarter of a million hips fractures and approximately 25,000 deaths each year.
Research and experience have shown us that regular exercise can reduce fall risks, but improving strength, coordination, and – most of all – balance.
The simplest way to exercise for fall prevention is to maintain a regular walking regimen. This exercise improves lower-body strength and has the added bonus of providing aerobic activity.
Balance exercises can be as simple as bouncing on a small indoor trampoline (they even have balance bars to hold) or standing on one leg for an extended period. For the more adventuresome, stand-up paddling on a paddle board strengthens both core and foot muscles and improves the body’s interior balance feedback system.
However, some of the latest research, outlined in a recent New York Times article, indicates that a combination of exercises is best for improving balance an