Health Tip: Maintain Your Balance

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(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining your balance means less risk of falling -- an important goal for seniors.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help prevent falls:

  • Make sure one hand is always free. Carry items in a backpack.
  • Never try to do something else, such as reading, as you walk.
  • While walking, swing both arms from front to back. This will help improve posture and balance.
  • Don't shuffle or drag your feet as you walk. Make sure you consciously pick up your feet off the floor.
  • Don't pivot sharply to make a turn. Instead, face forward and make a wider turn. Go slowly while changing positions, and use an assistive device if needed.
  • While standing, make sure feet are shoulder-width apart.
  • Avoid shoes with grippy rubber soles, which may get caught and cause you to fall.

-- Diana Kohnle

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