Health in a Minute. Your Health, Your Team.
Tuesday, 14 November 2017
November is Falls Prevention Month
Stay Independent. Prevent Falls.
2017 marks the 10th annual
Falls Prevention campaign.
During November 8-14, the campaign will focus it's key messaging on Keep Active:
As you age, it is important to keep active to improve your strength and balance.
Benefits of physical activity
Keeps bones and muscles healthy and strong
Improves your balance
keeps your heart and lungs healthy
Increases your energy
Helps you sleep
Reduces your fear of falling
Helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and high blood pressure
Improves memory and attention
Improves mood and sense of well-being
Try to do 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least 5 days each week.
Moderate intensity: you will sweat and breathe harder
Vigorous intensity: you will sweat and be out of breath
If you are just getting started, build up slowly and add a few minutes each day
Include activities that strengthen both arm and leg muscles
For strength try wall push-ups, stair climbing or exercises with weights or bands.
For balance, try standing exercises, Tai Chi
For endurance, try walking, gardening, dancing, cross-country skiing, or swimming
For flexibility, try stretching, yoga, or Tai Chi
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