This past Sunday, I was in my room on the phone with a friend at around 10:00am when I heard a loud thud. I knew something was wrong, so as I rushed out to check on what happened. My heart almost stopped when I found my Mom, sitting up squarely on the floor, a puzzled expression on her face which quickly broke into a shy smile. We were getting ready to go for Sunday Service and as she was moving around the house with a cup of tea in her hand, she slipped and fell down the stairs. She was a little shaken up, but thank goodness she was okay, a little bruised but fine. I breathed a huge sigh of relief because it could have been worse much worse.
At some point in your life, we have all tripped and fallen down. We lose balance then gravity and momentum takes over and we crash to the floor. So my message is for everyone but especially for those with parents, friends and relatives. Please encourage them to start exercising. It's not about just losing weight; it's about a life and the freedom that comes when you can do whatever your heart desires because your body is not in the way of you living life to the fullest. The main reason my 62 year old Mother was able to avoid any serious injuries, even after landing squarely on her hip after a 4 foot drop was because she is active which has increased her bone density. Remember the cup of tea she held in her hand, it's in the trash can right now because it broke and did not survive the fall!
Research has shown that walking just 30 minutes per day for even a couple of times per week are enough for a moderate increase in overall bone density. Talk to your parents, regardless of how old they are. People in their 80's can double their strength by working out in just a few weeks. Get them active again and also start leading by example. Where do they start? Walking is a great beginning!
Quick Way To Improve Your Balance
One of the best exercise to improve your balance is to stand on one leg. Lift your leg and bend it back (like they do in the movies when they kiss :-) if you are just beginning, you can use a chair or the wall. Your goal is to get better and build up to where you can balance on one leg with both hands in front of you. Eventually, you want to be able to stand on one leg without support and with your arms by your side. In addition, try standing on one leg through out the day while doing errands like folding clothes or washing dishes. Your stability will improve the more often you work at it.
Move Your Body, Move Your Life
Published On: January 14, 2008