6. When walking, look down with your eyes only. Don’t tilt your head down as it will alter your balance and increase your chances of falling. Look down with your head and you may go splat.
5. Wear sensible shoes with good traction. That doesn’t have to mean ugly, luckily shoe stores like Footwear Etc. carry sensible shoes that are stylish too!
4. Take your time, be mindful and don’t rush, especially if you’re dealing with winter snow and ice.
3. Keep exercise a consistent part of your life. Strong muscles in your legs and core can help you regain your balance if you lose it momentarily and strong arms can help you decelerate and cushion a fall should you take a tumble. Self foot massage with a half tennis ball, is safer than a full ball and improves circulation, proprioception and because of increased spacial awareness, improves balance.
2. Remember that it is far easier and more fun to prevent a fall than it is to recover from a broken bone. Practicing BoneSmart Pilates® for 15 minutes three times per week can help you prevent an accident that could take you years to recover from, and could reduce your quality of life permanently.
1. Top tip: Always use handrails! This year I ruptured my rotator cuff for not doing so on icy steps in NY. My daughter broke a bone this summer falling downs stairs in our home because our handrail was missing due to renovations.