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Improve Your Balance, Prevent Falls

According to the National Institute of Aging more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries, every year. These falls can result in more serious, longterm injuries. By improving your balance, you can prevent common every day falls! Try some of these simple exercises you can do at home that will help improve your balance.

Stand on one foot: Stand behind a sturdy chair, holding on for balance. Raise one leg and hold position for 10 seconds. Repeat 10-15 times on each leg.

Heel-to-toe walk: Place your foot directly in front of the other, so that your toes and heel are touching. Walk 20 steps in this manner while focusing on a point directly in front of you. Tip: Raise your arms to sides at shoulder height for extra balance.

Balance walk: Raise your arms to sides at shoulder height. Walk straight and lift knee up to waist height, hold for one second. Continue walking for 20 steps.

These simple exercises can be done anywhere at anytime. A simple routine that can be added into your everyday routine in order to help improve balance. For more information on preventing injury due to aging, visit nia.nih.gov.

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