Having good balance is one of those things that you don’t really appreciate it, until you don’t have it. Whether it is walking through winter weather or simply navigating stairs, we know the importance of balance to prevent falls. But better balance also means we are able to stay active, enjoying activities that keep our heart and minds healthy.
Improves stability and coordination
Allows you stay upright during activities
Keep your posture strong, so you sit and stand upright
Improves your ability to move unassisted
Helps your confidence and self-esteem
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Strength training is essential for EVERYONE, especially as we grow older. We actually start losing muscle mass before the age of 40. If we don’t engage in strength training, our muscles become increasingly weaker as we age. This puts us at greater risk for injury and falls as our balance diminishes. We may become fatigued climbing stairs, struggle getting out of the bathtub or rising from the toilet, and even struggle holding our grandchildren or carrying our groceries. We have come to believe it is a part of growing older. But it doesn’t have to be. Research shows that even adding some strength training late in life can have significant benefits to balance and in maintaining independence in daily living.
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