Beyond Balance: Benefits of Fall Prevention Programs
Harvard Medical School perhaps said it best with this comparison:
When a toddler falls, we expect them to shake it off, pop right back up and keep moving. Their bodies are resilient and build for that.
But for older adults, falling can lead to larger, more impactful consequences. Beyond bruises and embarrassment if anyone witnessed it, there is a risk of broken bones, injuries that will never heal completely thanks to the nature of aging bodies and loss of function.
It's why preventing falls in the first place is such a critical component to healthy aging.
But did you know there's other benefits to investing time into a fall prevention program that focuses on strength training, balance and remaining forever fit?
- Older adults who can keep themselves upright benefit from faster reaction times. Faster reaction means if you are starting to fall, you can reach out to catch yourself before an injury occurs.
- If you can't prevent a fall, then it's better to roll than to crash. Increased balance and strength can help improve coordination, which gives you the skills and physical ability to control a fall that's inevitable and potentially prevent injury.
- Muscles protect us, our muscles and our joints. Having more muscles means more protection.
- Study after study showcases that resistance exercises strengthens bones and stronger bones are less likely to fracture as easily in the event of a fall.
- Those who move well think well. Taking time to invest in regular exercise contributes to maintaining brain function as we age. When we think well, we move well. When we move well, we reduce our fall risks.
Interested in investing in a formal fall prevention program that focuses on strength and balance training? Learn More.