Getting regular exercise through taking a walk, strength training, or yoga has plenty of benefits for seniors, including weight management, cardio health, and easing joint pain, to name a few. But research out of Canada shows that exercise may be key to preventing falls in seniors as well.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a link between exercise and preventing falls in people ages 65 and older.
Exercise May Reduce Fall Rates by 21 Percent
The evidence collected from this research shows that seniors who exercise can reduce their chance of falling by as much as 21 percent!
On top of that, researchers found that if balance exercises are incorporated into their weekly routines by three hours, the fall rate drops even more drastically.
Since falling can not only impede daily life and lead to injuries and sustained health issues, keeping up with a regular exercise routine is one simple thing you can do to avoid taking a fall.
To learn more about how exercise benefits seniors, take a look through some of our other articles on Council of Seniors 365!