Being active gives you the energy you need to enjoy your day and remain safe.

Being active is also important because it improves your Strength, Balance, and Endurance.

Strength

Having good strength is beneficial in reducing the signs and symptoms associated with several diseases including: diabetes, arthritis, back pain, depression, osteoporosis among many more.
These simple strengthening activities can reduce your risk of falls and improve bone health.

Balance

Good balance can prepare your body for the unexpected and keep you active and independent. Performing balance activities such as yoga and Tai Chi can improve your balance.

Endurance

Endurance is important for the health of your heart and lungs.

You Can Do Something Now:

Consider incorporating these activities into your daily routine so you can improve your strength, balance, and endurance and stay independent! 

  • Take a walk around your block or to the end of the driveway and back.
  • Ride your bike
  • Perform household chores such as vacuuming or sweeping
  • Choose the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Park farther from the entrance to buildings and shopping centers
  • Be creative and slowly increase the difficulty as you feel comfortable



Check with your Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living/Disability Resource Markets for activities in your area (Click Here to be taken to the website)

Contact the Kentucky Department for Public Health regarding fall prevention progams in Kentucky

Call your local Healh Department for exercise and fall prevention programs in your county.  Click here for directory of health departments.

Concerned about being physically active?

The CDC recommends physical activity for women and men of all ages. However, it's difficult to be active if you're in pain, are weak, have difficulty moving, or are worried about your health.

Physical therapists are health care professionals that specialize in helping people live with as much function as possible. Physical therapists can help you be active and live a healthy, fall-free life! Talk with your doctor about physical therapy to see if it is an option for you.

Keep a Communication Device On You

The fear of falling can prevent someone from being more active. Luckily, a communication device can be carried at all times in case a fall happens. Having a device can give peace of mind as well as help at the touch of a button. Many adults carry their cell phone or  a medical alert system device.

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