Strength and balance

Strength and Balance

Reduce falls through strength and balance

Strength and Balance is incredibly important to maintain as we get older. It reduces the risk of falling over, the seriousness of injuries from falls and helps us get back up after a fall.

Strengthening muscles and improving balance and coordination is one of the simplest and most effective things we can do to help prevent falls.

Muscle Strength

Even if you are active, you’ll still have some muscle loss once you’re over 30. But the amount can be reduced by including muscle strength exercises into your weekly routine.

It’s surprisingly easy to improve your strength with regular exercises at home:

Or in the local community:

  • Solihull Active organise exercise classes including our new Strong and Steady classes. For more information visit the Solihull Active website or call 0121 704 8207

Balance and Coordination

As we get older we may find it harder to feel stable and steady on our feet. This can lead to falls. The good news is that certain exercises can help you to improve your balance regardless of age or how poor your balance might be.

Home exercises can be an easy way to fit in regular balance exercises:

Or in the local community:

  • Solihull Active organise exercise classes including our new Strong and Steady classes. For more information visit the Solihull Active website or call 0121 704 8207

Some health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and MS can also affect balance and coordination. If you have one of these conditions you may wish to join a specialist local exercise class to help you maintain your mobility, strength and balance. This can have a positive impact on your health condition and help maintain your independence.

Bone Strength

Bone Strength is also extremely important to maintain as we get older. To protect your bones you should:

  • Get plenty of weight bearing exercise
  • Go outside to get natural daylight every day
  • Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of calcium (dairy products, fish and leafy green vegetables) and vitamin D (eggs, oily fish and breakfast cereals)
  • Keep your alcohol intake low and stop smoking

Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones lose their strength and are more likely to break. Half of women, and 1 in 5 men, over the age of 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis. If you are worried your GP can advise on tests for osteoporosis. 

More information is available at www.nos.org.uk or by calling 0808 800 0035.