More than 3 million older Americans land in the emergency room every year as a result of a fall, making it the leading cause of injury and injury death for adults age 65+.
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Exercises that improve balance can help you reduce your chances of falling. A few minutes a day is all it takes to gain steadiness and move with more confidence, says exercise physiologist Christopher Travers, MS.
“As you age, you begin to lose muscle mass and strength, and your reaction time begins to slow as well,” explains Travers. “These are all things that affect your balance. As a result, you’re more susceptible to trips and falls.”
Doing daily exercises can help you improve your lower body strength and gain steadiness. Here are four balance exercises you can do anytime, anywhere, in about five minutes.
No matter how simple these exercises may seem, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. They may have other suggestions for ways you can improve your balance and stay active as you age.
Once you get the go-ahead, dedicate yourself to doing these exercises every day. They can help you stay on your feet for the long term.