As this The Globe and Mail article states, people can be find themselves thinking about balance issues and fall prevention surprisingly early in life. Instead of touring the sidewalks and cobblestones of the world in their 50s and 60s, they stay close at home to avoid a trip and fall. And if diagnosed with Osteoporosis, being a "fall risk" is even more scary.
But why are balance issues happening so early in life? Again we can blame sedentary lifestyles. Muscle atrophy can rob you of both strength and proprioception, which is the sense of your body in space. Joint stiffness can keep you from lifting your knee and foot high enough to completely clear different types of ground surfaces. Hip weakness reduces the amount of time you can safely support yourself on one leg. Painful bunions and hammer toes can diminish your ability to stay balanced on your feet.
To keep enjoying life in all of your years, it's important to focus on more than just cardiovascular health. A physical routine that moves your full body in many different planes of motion helps maintain the necessary strength, balance, and coordination to avoid trips and falls.
At PIVOT, we combine Pilates, Restorative Exercise, and gait training to keep our clients on their feet and traveling the world!