Physical activity is any activity that moves your body and increases the amount of energy you use. Regular activity makes you stronger, improves your balance and helps prevent falls.
- Ask your doctor or health care provider about the best type of exercise program for you.
- Do at least 30 minutes of activity every day. You can break this into three sessions that last 10 minutes.
- Try all three kinds of physical activity:Strength and balance exercises, such as lifting light weights, stair climbing, tai chi. Endurance exercises, such as walking and dancing.Flexibility exercises, such as tai chi, stretching and yoga.
- Choose activities you enjoy!
Check Your Medication
- Some medications increase your risk of falling – either on their own or when two or more are combined. As you age, the way some medications affect you can change and increase your risk of falling.
- Have your doctor or pharmacist review all medications that you are taking every year.
- Remember that medications include prescriptions, over-the-counter pills, vitamins and herbal supplements.
- Medications that relax you, help you sleep, or improve your mood can increase your risk of falling.
- Alcohol affects medications – be careful.
- Remove tripping hazards. Keep pathways, halls and stairways clear of clutter. Remove throw rugs or make sure they are secure. Look out for pets
- Watch out for ice, cracks and uneven surfaces while walking.
- Use a walking aid if you have balance problems. Talk to your health care provider about aids that are right for you
- Have your eyes checked every year. Your eyes not only see where you are going but help with balance and movement
- Wear shoes that support your feet and help you keep your balance
- Avoid rushing and doing too many things at once
- There are many different causes of dizziness, including some medications.
- Tell your doctor if you often feel dizzy or lightheaded.
- Ask your health care provider to test your blood pressure lying down and standing up. You may feel dizzy if your blood pressure drops quickly when you get up.
- After lying in bed or sitting in a chair, move your arms and ankles then get up slowly.
- Dehydration can make you dizzy.Drink 6 – 8 glasses of fluids including water each day or as directed by your healthcare provider.
Watch Your Step
Speak Up About Dizziness
A note from numactive – Tell your doctor or healthcare provider if you have had a fall.