Falls can happen to us at any age, changes we go through as we get older can put us more at risk of having a fall.
The good news is that falls are preventable no matter your age, and Emma from Pilates and Yoga Studio and Move to Improve has simple tips and tools you can use to keep you active and on your feet.
Moving Your Body is one of the best ways to prevent falls.
Moving your body will improve your balance and posture, strengthen your muscles and bones and improve your overall fitness and general well being.
Three hours of strength and balance activities is recommended each week, however you can split this up into much shorter blocks of activity.
Today lets look at how participating in our Dancercise classes can help us.
Balance is our ability to stay upright and stationary when standing still and in control during movements. Balance occurs unconsciously and helps us with activities, like walking and going down stairs.
We can improve our balance with physical activity that challenges our balance.
Dancing can involves standing on one leg, moving the body in different positions which develops balance and posture.
Strength training is when we do exercises with weights or resistance bands, or your own body weight strong muscles help protect our joints and bones, and also protect us from injury and falls.
As we age our muscles naturally lose some of their mass but doing strength training 2-3 can slow down this process.
Dancing involves shifting weight across your centre of gravity, and the more challenging quick movements help to improve core strength lower body and upper body strength.
A healthy heart can help us maintain lower blood pressure.
Dancing can involve fast paced movement which increases the heart rate and breathing.
Being agile allows us to stop, start and change direction quickly. This is important to avoid an unexpected trip or fall. As we get older changes to our body can slow our reaction time however exercises that focus on strength, balance and coordination can improve our agility.
Dancing requires you to stop, start and change direction quickly.
Flexibility is when our muscles can easily stretch and our joints move well. This allows us to move, turn and bend, as well as stretch to reach things when we need them. The less we move, the less flexible we become so moving our body through its full range of movements helps us stay flexible and prevents injury.
Dancing improves flexibility in the muscles and joints particularly of the hips and ankles.
Cognition is how our brain receives and uses information. Staying active uses different parts of our brain, a healthy mind can help prevent falls and variety of health issues including dementia.
In Dancing we have to remember routines, completing movement patterns helps maintain cognition and spatial awareness.