NORDIC POLE WALKING
The Trouble With Falls
Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency department for a fall – related injury.
Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related injury.
One out of five falls leads to fractures (broken bones), concussion, or other serious injuries.
Women are more likely to fall indoors and men outdoors.
Men are more likely to die from falls.
Women are more likely to be injured with double the rate of fall-related fractures than men.
Practically all hip fractures – over 95% – result from falls.
At least 300,000 older adults are hospitalized each year for hip fractures.
Nordic Pole Walking provides all four types of exercises!
ENDURANCE, STRENGTH, BALANCE, and FLEXIBILITY
Improve Your Endurance – Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness, and help you do the tasks you need to do every day. Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. They also delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Improve Your Strength – To strengthen your muscles, you need to lift or push weight. Stronger muscles can make it easier to do everyday things like get up from a chair, climb stairs, carry groceries, open jars, and even play with your grandchildren. Lower-body strength exercises also will improve your balance.
Improve Your Balance – Each year, more than 2 million older Americans go to the emergency room because of fall-related injuries. Balance exercises can help prevent falls and avoid the disability that may result from falling.
Improve Your Flexibility – Flexibility, or stretching, exercises give you more freedom of movement for your physical activities and for everyday activities such as getting dressed and reaching objects on a shelf. Stretching exercises can improve your flexibility, but they will not improve your strength or endurance.