You’re only as old as you feel

REDUCING YOUR RISK OF FALLS AND INJURY
You and your body have been through a lot together.
Look after yourself and live stronger for longer.

 

Falling over shouldn’t be considered part of the normal ageing process, but we need to be realistic.  As we grow older, underlying conditions or problems with balance, strength or mobility do increase our risk of falling.
We may also worry so much about losing our balance and falling that we do less and less of the activities that we once enjoyed. With inactivity our range of movement slowly decreases, our strength reduces and balance worsens. This hugely increases the risk of falling and injuring ourselves.
The good news is many falls are preventable and we want to help you to stay on your feet and live the life you want to live.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Billing

Are you at risk of a fall?

  • Have you had a trip, slip or fall (or near fall) in the last year?
  • Are you missing out on activities you enjoy because you are afraid of losing balance or falling?
  • Have you started finding it harder to get out of a chair without using your hands?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, you could be at risk of a fall. 
If you’re unsure, talk to your doctor or health professional.
By attending Community Strength and Balance approved classes, you’ll improve your balance and strengthen your legs and muscles in your midsection and reduce the risk of falling.  It’s that simple!  It’s also a great opportunity to try a new activity and meet other people in your community.

 

Community Strength and Balance approved classes have been assessed against an evidence-based criteria to ensure they are safe and effective for people 65 years and over.  Harbour Sport has developed a class scaling guide which will help you find a suitable class. Scaling guide coming soon!
Joining in with your peers at a local Community Strength and Balance approved class you will find the best activity that suits your needs, whether it be dance, chair yoga, Zumba Gold, Tai Chi, gym based programmes or a complete mixture of these.
To learn more about Community Strength and Balance approved classes available in your area contact us or speak to your GP about the benefits of attended a Community Strength and Balance approved class in your community.

Photo courtesy of Amanda Billing

Class locations coming soon, for more information contact us on 
So the message is, stay as active as possible as often as possible.
A Community Strength and Balance approved class is a good place to start!!
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