Do you have a difficult time standing up from a low surface or walking up/down stairs? Your issues might stem from weak lower extremities. These exercises target the hip, knee and ankle joints to prevent falls and increase balance.
Squats are considered the king of all exercises. It strengthens your hips, gluteals, quadriceps, hamstrings and core muscles. The squat movement can help you improve sit to stand from low surfaces.
If you fell before you know how scary losing your balance can be. Balance is a skill that declines as we age when not worked on. The combination of balance and strength exercises can limit fall risks and improve your everyday function.
Falls happen every day in all age groups. Have you ever seen a toddler fall, then get up and walk as if nothing happened? If this happened with an older adult the result might play out differently. The trauma sustained through falls increases as we age; our bones are less pliable and absorb more shock resulting in greater injuries.
Dr. Jack Wong
Leading Physical Therapist In The Houston Area