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Health Tip: Maintain Your Balance

Health Tip: Maintain Your Balance

09/09/13

(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining your balance means less risk of falling -- an important goal for seniors.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help prevent falls:

  • Make sure one hand is always free. Carry items in a backpack.
  • Never try to do something else, such as reading, as you walk.
  • 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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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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