Every second of the day, an older adult (age 65 and older) falls in the United States, making falls the number one cause of injury and injury death in the older adults.1 Just because falls are common, does not mean they are inevitable. Challenging your balance can help improve it! Below are different tools that can be used to maintain or improve your balance. Note: when doing any of these exercises, stand close to a wall, railing or chair to catch yourself. All exercises are listed from easiest to hardest:
1. Balance Pad
2. BOSU Ball
3. Line Walks
If you or someone you know are struggling to keep their balance, contact us today to help stay falls free!
Starting from when she was a little girl, Hillary’s passion has always been in living a healthy way of life through movement and eating right. She played many sports when growing up but ended up sticking with volleyball and softball through college at Concordia College in Moorhead. While at Concordia, she earned a double major in exercise science and nutrition, graduating in 2015. After moving to the cities from my long-time home in the Fargo area, she was not quite sure what her passion was until she started working as a personal trainer. She learned from brilliant personal trainers and physical therapists, which led to her discovery of corrective exercise being her passion. She has decided to finish up the classes needed to apply for physical therapy school, which she plans on doing soon! She is excited to be at Live Your Life Physical Therapy to learn as much as she can from Dr. Norman and all the physical therapist on staff!
1 “Keep on Your Feet-Preventing Older Adult Falls.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 Dec. 2020, www.cdc.gov/injury/features/older-adult-falls/index.html.