Many older women worry about falling and the serious injuries falls can cause. But, don’t let fears keep you from staying active.
When you are less active, you lose muscle mass and become weaker. You also may feel less balanced. Both factors can lead to falls. And, as you age, your bones become more fragile—a process exercise can help slow down.
Studies show that getting regular exercise can help older women protect against fractures and falls. One study reported that women who exercised at home experienced fewer fractures than those who didn’t exercise at all. Another study found that six months of group exercise helped women cut their fall risk by more than one-third.
The women in the studies engaged in stretching, strength training or agility exercises.