ARTICLES / General / Balance – Fall Prevention /
By Lori Peppi Michiel
Physical action and thought assists in
- Take a bigger stride when walking.
- If using a walker, try placing the walker a
little further out, then step. Using this method
helps because you are staying on one foot longer
each time you trade feet to walk.
- Try standing about three feet from a wall
and slowly lean toward the wall; before you hit
the wall, bring your hands out in front to catch
yourself. (Pushing back from this position helps
- When getting up from a reclining position,
count to five before standing to avoid feeling
light-headed and dizzy; take your time.
Keep in mind these are only a few exercises or
considerations. Most exercises require
supervision to avoid injury, especially if doing
them for the first time. Consult your
physician if necessary for medical clearance when
starting on an exercise regimen.
Lori P. Michiel is a NASM
Certified Personal Trainer. For more information
regarding training programs contact Lori at