Health Tip: Maintain Your Balance

(HealthDay News) -- Maintaining your balance means less risk of falling -- an important goal for seniors.

The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions to help prevent falls:

  • Make sure one hand is always free. Carry items in a backpack.

  • Never try to do something else, such as reading, as you walk.

  • While walking, swing both arms from front to back. This will help improve posture and balance.

  • Don't shuffle or drag your feet as you walk. Make sure you consciously pick up your feet off the floor.

  • Don't pivot sharply to make a turn. Instead, face forward and make a wider turn. Go slowly while changing positions, and use an assistive device if needed.

  • While standing, make sure feet are shoulder-width apart.

  • Avoid shoes with grippy rubber soles, which may get caught and cause you to fall.