Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life.
Research shows that we can substantially reduce our risk of a fall by doing moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, and by incorporating balance and leg strength exercises such as those you will find on this website, into our daily routine.
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Home based balance and strength exercises video
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There are three simple steps to finding an Exercise Program in your local area. All you need to do is:
- Enter your Town or Suburb in the Location field in the orange box on the left of this screen.
- Enter a search distance in the Distance field underneath. The system will automatically default to 5kms (recommended) but you can choose between 1km and 50kms if you wish.
- Click the Find Now button.
This website will then identify and list registered Exercise Programs that have specific exercises to improve balance and strength, available in your local area.
If none are available, you may wish to consider widening your search by adjusting the Distance field to a greater distance.
If you receive a large number of responses, you may wish to refine your search by adjusting the Distance field to a lesser distance.
You can also do some exercises at home to improve your balance and strength, and therefore reduce your risk of a fall.
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There are many other things you can do to help yourself stay active and on your feet. This website not only provides information about exercises, but also about your health, making your home environment safe, what to do if you do have a fall, and home and lifestyle checklists to help you reduce your risk. To learn more about staying active and healthy and fall prevention, click here.
It is recommended you talk to your doctor if you have had a fall or if you are unsteady on your feet.