Health Tip: Maintain Your Balance09/09/13
(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining your balance means less risk of
falling -- an important goal for seniors.
The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help prevent
- Make sure one hand is always free. Carry items in a
- Never try to do something else, such as reading, as you
- While walking, swing both arms from front to back. This will
help improve posture and balance.
- Don't shuffle or drag your feet as you walk. Make sure you
consciously pick up your feet off the floor.
- Don't pivot sharply to make a turn. Instead, face forward and
make a wider turn. Go slowly while changing positions, and use an
assistive device if needed.
- While standing, make sure feet are shoulder-width apart.
- Avoid shoes with grippy rubber soles, which may get caught and
cause you to fall.
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