Exercise Balance to Prevent Falls

Just as a reduction in resistance training can make us weaker and fewer miles on the treadmill can reduce our cardiovascular fitness levels, maintaining good balance as you age requires a continued effort, says physical therapist Geoffrey Hunt, PT, OCS, of Jersey Physical Therapy.

“Generally speaking, a person’s risk of falling increases when they get older, but there are ways to vastly reduce this risk,” Hunt said. “A reduction in balance is often a symptom of something else – an issue like muscle weakness, joint stiffness, or perhaps even a medical condition that can and should be addressed.”

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