Take a stand to prevent falls
Week four in Falls Prevention Month focuses on physical activity to improve mobility
Falling is not a normal part of aging. Physical activity is one way to help reduce the risk of falling by improving balance, flexibility, core strength and endurance - ultimately improving coordination and confidence.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends that adults exercise moderately for at least 150 minutes per week. Being active should be a part of everyday life. People should look for new ways to keep moving and build activity into a daily routine.
Consider enjoyable activities or attend an exercise program. It is never too late to begin by adding 5- or 10-minute sessions once or twice a day. Work with a doctor to find the right plan and check for any health restrictions. Benefits of regular exercise include easy completion of daily life tasks as well as avoiding illness and injury while remaining independent.
Go to Cass County’s Live Healthy website to play Falls Prevention Bingo and for more information on exercise videos and exercising safely to improve mobility. Visit https://www.co.cass.mn.us/livehealthy/falls_prevention.php .