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Fitness over 50: Exercise Prevents Falls

As we age, we naturally lose muscle tissue and bone density increasing the likelihood of slips, falls and broken bones. To counter this, we need to actively build muscle mass by incorporating resistance training (weights) and increase stability with exercises that build body – brain connections. Simply going through the same series of exercises using the same machines month in, month out might feel good but quickly loses effectiveness. Our muscles need to be taxed regularly and in new ways if we want to reduce the likelihood of injury as we get older.

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Balancing on a Bosu® ball and single leg balancing exercises force your intrinsic muscles to fire. These postural muscles are below the conscious level and help to keep you upright. When developed, they instinctively respond when you are thrown off balance by uneven pavement or obstacles in your path.

To improve equilibrium, stand with your eyes open and feet shoulder width apart for thirty seconds without swaying. It is harder than it sounds! Once you have mastered this, practice doing it with your feet together. Then, progress to standing first on one foot then the other with your eyes open without rocking back and forth. When you can successfully do this start the whole series over with your eyes closed.

If you want to improve stability, reduce the likelihood of broken bones, and slow the ravages of time call or text me today at 831.236.6199. Don’t wait, your long-term health and happiness are at stake.

Selina Sabha - Owner and trainer of Fusion Fitness Pacific Grove
Selina Sahba

Fusion Fitness Owner, Fitness Writer, Trainer and Massage Therapist

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