Stability: Beginning The Road To Improving Your Stability

Beginning The Road To Improving Your Stability 

First and foremost, you must understand that no matter how weak you think you are or how inactive you have been, you can ALWAYS improve your situation. 

Never underestimate the power of small positive daily action that snowballs over time. There are people in their sixties who started going to the gym and ended up with bodies that are better than the majority of people half their age. 

Consistent and conscientious action is a force to be reckoned with. Before looking at the road to recovery or instability prevention, let’s look at the consequences that can occur should you fall. 

This may seem scary to some but it’s important to know the possible scenarios that can result when a senior falls for whatever reason.

  • Dislocation/Fractures

This is one of the most common scenarios that occur when a senior falls. Unlike younger people who are more resilient and can handle the impact, older people usually have more brittle bones. 

Some may even suffer from osteoporosis. The fragility of the bones poses a huge risk during a fall. Fractures can easily occur since the bones are less dense. 

It’s easy to dislocate a shoulder or a hip during a fall. It all depends on the force and the direction of the fall. Either way, it’s not a pretty scenario. 

Death 

This is a very real possibility. There are thousands of documented cases of seniors who have died from a fall at home, either in the bathroom or by tripping on the stairs. 

It is not a pleasant thought but we must stare the hard facts and once we know what we’re looking at, we can take steps to prevent the worst from happening. 

Now let’s look at how we can begin on the road to recovery. 

5 Steps To Beginning The Road To Recovery

1. Committing to exercise daily 

This is the first and most crucial step. Just like with weight loss, a commitment is required. You must have a plan and stick to it. Unlike with weight loss, your training sessions will be much shorter and less strenuous. 

The goal here will be to increase the strength of your core muscles, stabilizing muscles, flexors and extensors. You will also need to increase your flexibility in order for your joints to be more supple and limber.

2. Get your vision checked 

This is the second step. If your vision is fine, that’s excellent. No further action required. However, if your vision is not good, you should get glasses or whatever you need to see well. 

3. Get good footwear 

It is perfectly normal for older people to have less cushioning on the soles of their feet. It would be an excellent idea to get a pair of sports shoes with good cushioning that you can wear at home. Make sure the soles have good friction with the ground. This will reduce any chances of slipping. 

Now, not only do you have good support but you’ve reduced your chances of an accidental fall. Two birds with one stone. Excellent. 

4. Get Your Blood Pressure Checked 

It’s quite common for older people to have a drop in blood pressure when they stand up. They might feel lightheaded or

giddy. While these are usually short spells lasting for 10 to 20 seconds, the risk of falling is high. So, it’s best to be cautious and check your blood pressure when you’re seated, lying down and standing. 

5. Know the Side Effects of Your Medication 

Are you on medication? Do any of the medicines you consume make you drowsy? Even normal cold medication that makes a younger person drowsy has a much more soporific effect on an older person. The side effects are multiplied due to the weakened state of the person as they age. 

Once you discover which medications are making you sleepy or drowsy, you should ensure that after consuming them, you’re either in bed or comfortably seated and maybe watching TV.

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