Welcome to the seventh blog on Problems Prevented with Simple Suggestions. Many people are at risk for falls due to a lack of good awareness, fitness, and training. Our passion and purpose are to research and share simple steps with proven results. I was traveling recently and took a very hard fall which resulted in a fractured tibia and injured knee. It was frustrating to deal with the financial drain, pain, and suffering. Seniors are at higher risks for falls and major complications. I lost my grandfather earlier than expected due to a bad fall and hip fracture which required surgery from which he rapidly declined in health. I recently saw a man who slipped on a pair of earrings on a plastic display card in a store that was lucky he did not break a bone. Falls can happen to anyone at any time and are serious health risks for seniors so prevention must be a high priority to enjoy a healthy and long life.
As a holistic health coach, my role is to help identify potential problems that could rob you or a family member of your quality of life. By condensing the coaching into simple steps that can be read in two minutes anyone can benefit and improve their lifestyle. Now is a great time to start implementing better prevention and protection strategies to avoid falls in the future. Staying healthy requires a commitment to better agility, balance, and fitness. Implementing these simple steps can greatly help reduce the chance of falls and injuries.
Simple Steps to Prevent Falls
These suggestions can improve your agility, balance, coordination, dexterity, endurance, fitness, general health and stability by upgrading the strength and support your body needs to prevent falls and trips. Imagine what your long life will be like after implementing the ideas and suggestions in order to see your balance and stability improve like a cat balancing on a beam. By adopting a safe and strong identity and implementing better flexibility and mobility habits you can stay safe and stable. It is a great idea to find a resource and role model such as an exercise physiologist, or physical therapist.
This is a summary of some of my favorite rites, rituals, and routines to prevent falls. Mental awareness and regular exercise are the best solutions to preventing falls and trips. By the way, any problems with blood pressure and blood sugar must be identified in order to manage and monitor your health to prevent these conditions from contributing to a fall or injury.
Alignment, balance, and coordination are vital skills to move and walk safely. When you begin to lose these skills you begin to set yourself up for a fall. That is why it is vital to train your body and brain every day to be able to deal with a wide variety of circumstances and situations. Alignment of our entire body also plays a big role in how well we navigate through life. When we are out of alignment we begin to distort and distress our coordination, motor skills, and stability which can impair our movements. We must all maintain, sustain and train our body for optimal outcomes and peak performance. Pete Egoscue has great information on living pain-free and staying fit.
Awareness and mindfulness are key attributes when it comes to preventing falls. Being aware of our surroundings and mindful about the conditions goes a long way to our safety and stability. Sightseeing and talking on phones while walking is leading to many accidents and injuries due to a lack of mindfulness. By saying and setting our intention to be safe, stable and strong each day we help tune our brain into that internal mindset and wisdom to make it our reality. Brain Gym is a great technique to enhance awareness and mindfulness.
Eyesight plays a vital role in how well we navigate. If our eyes are not functioning at their optimal level we may have difficulties judging distance and surfaces. Also, our line of sight and peripheral vision are important when it comes to safe travel over various surfaces. Many people look in a different direction than they are moving which can lead to a fall or trip so pay attention to your surroundings when you walk. Stop and look if something really distracts your attention from observing the area you will be navigating.
Fitness plays a vital role in our mobility and safety. When we exercise and maintain our fitness we are more easily able to deal with whatever surface we are walking on. We must maintain our muscle strength and tone to be safe instead of sorry. We must train our body and brain to stay solid, stable, strong and supple. Lunges, squats, and stairs are key exercises to maintain strong legs. Arm, back and shoulder strength play a key role in being able to grab on, minimize the impact or prevent falls. Wall push-ups and yoga help. MovNat natural movement fitness is a great program. Sitting less and standing more is great for improving stability and strength. Walking with a backpack and hand weights is a full body workout.
Nutrition is critically important for our emotional, mental and physical health. Without proper nutrition, our body and brain are less able to function at an optimal level for safety. Adequate antioxidants, enzymes, fiber, minerals, trace elements, and vitamins are essential. By eating at least 5 servings of fresh nutrient dense organic fruits, greens and vegetables daily, we can enhance our health and vitality. Since what we eat has a direct impact on our health, minimizing highly processed and refined foods is important. Good nutrition impacts our overall emotional, mental and physical health which are key aspects to preventing falls.
Shoes and surfaces play a big role in our ability to run, stand or walk safely. Many shoes are designed more for silly styles instead of safety and support. Cheap materials and workmanship, high heels, and slick soles can be a recipe for a bad fall and broken bones. Be sure to check your shoes and soles on different surfaces to ensure they are safe for any condition you may encounter. We can encounter many surfaces at different places and times. Different factors and different floors like cracks, curbs, food, grease, ice, leaves, pebbles, rain, rugs, oil, paper, plastic, sand, snow, soap, trash, water, and wood make a big difference on safety and stability. Sometimes being mindful, slowing down and using caution is better than moving too fast and losing control.
Toxins are a serious concern because they can harm our body and brain which can result in weakening our overall walking and wellness. Alcohol, chemicals, drugs, GMOs, heavy metals, medicines, molds, pesticides, prescriptions, and tobacco can impair our mental and physical state which can result in a loss of balance, equilibrium, and stability. Avoiding toxins and using natural products instead can have a huge impact on the quality and quantity of our life.
The passion and purpose of the Morningstar NEWS is to condense hours of research down to two minutes of education, information and inspiration for a healthy lifestyle and mindset. Remember baby steps can lead to big success when you program your body and brain with proven steps for sustainable success. Stephen Jepson has some great ideas and inspiration for anti-aging, longevity and fitness for seniors.
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