Many factors contribute to impaired balance increasing with age such as visual disturbances, poor reaction time, skeletal muscle weakness and dizziness. The four best types of exercise to combat falls include: strength exercises, which build muscles and keeps weight in check; stretching activities which give more freedom of movement; endurance activities, which increase heart rate for an extended period of time (walking, swimming, or even raking leaves); and balance exercises, which build leg muscles specifically and can dramatically reduce falls. The National Institute of Health reports that hospitals have 300,000 admissions for broken hips, many of them older adults, as a result of falling.
Gillespie said he measures success by, “helping our patients gain greater confidence in their stability and balance and in preventing the incidence of falls.” Learn how to live stronger, longer and in balance – it can save your life. For more information, please call (435) 251-3793.
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