When people fall, be it from a short height or from something higher, there’s always a risk of injury. But as you get older, the risk of injury from a fall skyrockets. And not only can you become more hurt from a fall that happens at an advanced age, but it can also take much longer for you to heal and recover after sustaining an injury. Because of this, it’s important that you take any precautions that you can to minimize your chance of falling.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to protect yourself from fall risks.
Improve Your Strength And Balance
Sadly, almost anything can cause someone to lose their balance and potentially fall over. But the more you’re able to rely on your own body and the balance that you have, the easier it should be for you to recover your equilibrium without falling over and hurting yourself.
To help you get to his point, you’ll want to do things that will help to improve your strength and balance. Activities like yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and other exercises can help you learn how to work with your body, strengthen your muscles, and get in touch with your balance so that even if something does start to throw you off balance, you can regain it and keep yourself upright.
Stay In Safe Environments
For many older people living in senior living communities or other facilities, steps have been taken to ensure that the environment has a limited risk for causing a fall. But if you’re not always in these types of environments, you need to do what you can to make your own environment safe for you.
To do this, try to keep anything that could be a common trip or fall hazard put away from where you’ll be walking or moving. Things like uneven surfaces, steps, rugs, pets, and clutter can all cause people to fall. But if you can keep these things contained or eliminate them completely, you have a better chance of staying safe.
Learn How To Fall Safely
If and when you find yourself feeling like you’re going to fall and that there isn’t anything that you can do to keep it from happening, there are certain things that you can do to protect yourself from major injuries as you’re falling. If you’re able to keep your elbows and knees bent rather than trying to catch yourself on them, fall on the parts with more meat on your body, and tuck your chin to protect your head, you should be able to keep the more vulnerable and vital parts of your body from getting too injured during a fall.
If you’re worried about what could happen to you as the result of a fall, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how to better prevent them and protect yourself.