Balancing Act

Balancing ActStrong physical balance is a no brainer when you’re young. In fact, many of us take it for granted. But being steady on your feet isn’t always a given, and despite what you may hear, falling doesn’t affect just older folks. If you have more than one risk factor, you could take a tumble.

Common Fall Factors

  • Age
  • Poor vision and/or hearing
  • Chronic health conditions
  • Side effects from antidepressants, blood pressure meds and sleep aids
  • Weak leg muscles
  • Hazards around the home
  • History of falling
  • Gait and balance issues

The good news is you don’t have to be caught off balance. A few simple steps can keep you standing tall and strong.

Check in for a Check Up

Make sure hearing, vision and proprioception (your awareness of sensation in your legs and feet) tests are part of your annual physical. Bring an up-to-date meds list to the visit. With a quick review, your doctor can tell if changes are needed.

Strike a Pose

Nothing builds balance faster than yoga poses. If you’re not into yoga, find another way to include balance activities in your regular workout.

Safe at Home

Simple switch ups around your house can reduce your risk. Install stair handrails and bathroom grab bars, increase the lighting level and remove tripping hazards such as floor rugs.

Call for a Fall

Despite you best efforts, falls can still happen. If a fall results in a serious injury, call 911. Even if you think everything is OK, call your primary care doctor, who will likely want to check you out just in case.