Balance Training Helps To Age Successfully
Balance Training Helps To Age Gracefully
Balance training is becoming increasingly important to aging adults. Regular physical activity, including balance training and balance exercise, is associated with a decreased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and is important in the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus, colon and breast cancer, and osteoporosis. However, even after disease presentation, participation in regular physical activity and balance training continues to play an important role in the management of the disease, well into the retirement years. Older adults are a group that is particularly vulnerable to chronic disease and disability especially secondary to balance problems and to falls. Physical activity and balance training maintains or increases quality of life by preserving independence.
Balance Training and Physical Activity –A Fountain of Youth
Balance Training Decreases the Number of Falls
Not performing balance exercises and balance training on a daily basis can lead to falls. Falls and fall-related injuries are common in this age group and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Hip fractures, the most common consequence of a fall, often lead to the loss of independence. Those who fall and are unable to get up run the risk of developing pneumonia, dehydration, pressure sores, and rhabdomyolysis.Although there are many reasons why older adults fall, one common reason is the lack of muscle strength in the lower limbs due to loss of muscle mass as well as balance problems. Beginning in middle age and into the eighth decade, back, arm, and leg muscle strength decreases by 60%. Muscle endurance also decreases, leading to rapid fatigue. There is evidence to suggest that muscle strength can be improved with resistance and strength training, and the improvements are manifest well into the tenth decade. This improved strength may also assist the individual to get back on his or her feet sooner once a less serious fall has occurred. Balance training and balance exercises are also key to improving balance and reducing falls.
Balance Training Lessens the Risk of Falling
To learn which balance exercises to do, get the Exercise For Balance DVD. In the Exercise For Balance DVD a licensed physical therapist will teach you how to balance, balance training and which balance exercises to perform on a daily basis. To order a DVD click on BUY NOW or see
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