Caregivers Solution Magazine
September 1, 2014 | By Nadia
Five Easy Ways to Prevent Fall and Stay Active
If you have osteoporosis and a fear of falling, your first instinct might be to dial down the physical activity in your life. That type of thinking is decades old say Cathy McNorgan. Try Nordic walking.
Weight bearing activity, core muscle strengthening, improving balance and attention to good posture are all common fall prevention strategies. Recent research shows that Nordic walking targets all four of these areas,,,
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For moderately steep slopes, simply decrease the pressure on the base of the handles or drag your poles behind you. For steep slopes, keep your poles upright and in front and out to the side slightly, so if you do fall you won’t land on your poles. Bend your knees and elbows, and slow down any momentum. For long descents, it may be helpful to lengthen the poles.
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education