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Benefits of Moving Your Body to Prevent Falls

It can be challenging to stay motivated when starting physical activity. Between the weather, aches, and the other to-dos on your list, moving your body can feel more like a chore than a fun activity. That is why it’s a great idea to have a friend or group to encourage you to stay active.

Moving your body well and regularly is the best way to develop strong legs and good balance. Strong legs and good balance are needed to do your everyday activities, such as shopping, gardening, and playing with your grandkids. Read on to find out more benefits of moving your body.

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Keeping a Regular Schedule

By simply having an exercise plan, you are less likely to skip your workouts. While it can be tempting to stay tucked up in bed, doing exercise with a friend can help make getting up easier. Having a regular class helps keep you motivated, and after a while, it will be a natural part of your weekly routine. This means your schedule is more regular, with time to move your body, eat well and sleep well too – all vital steps to avoiding falls.

Thinking of starting an exercise class? You can see what courses are available near you on our eDirectory. Remember, it is important to ask your GP or physiotherapist before starting any exercise,

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Safety in Numbers

Having another person or group with you while exercising supports general safety should anything happen while working out. Having friends to exercise together helps you to challenge yourself or take a break if you are overdoing it.

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New Skills

By regularly moving your body with an activity, such as golf or lawn bowls, you will pick up a range of skills. From the coordination of your golf swing, or the cognition needed to place a bowl perfectly, these skills will assist you in staying independent for a long time. By participating in social activities, you will also find your confidence in speaking and getting to know new people will improve – just by joining in! These skills will not only enrich your life but will help you to avoid having a fall.

You can use our Stay On Your Feet® resources to find a perfect sport for you – make sure to check with your GP to make sure it’s right for you.

Want to move your body but not sure where to start?

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Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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