Regular exercise makes you stronger, improves your balance and helps prevent falls.
Regular exercise makes you stronger, improves your balance and helps prevent falls. Evidence shows that balance and strength exercises are the most beneficial in preventing falls.
- Ask your health care provider, or call 811 and speak to an exercise professional to find the best type of exercise program for you.
- Do at least 30 minutes of activity every day. You can break this into three sessions that last 10 minutes.
- Choose activities that you enjoy.
- Try all three kinds of physical activity:
- Strength and balance exercises, such as lifting light weights, stair climbing, tai chi.
- Endurance exercises, such as walking and dancing.
- Flexibility exercises, such as tai chi, stretching and yoga.
Get more exercise tips by visiting the exercise section on the FindingBalance BC website.
How do I find a physiotherapist?
A physiotherapist can help design a simple program you can do on your own to help keep you moving, and does not require a doctor’s referral.
Find physiotherapist in B.C. by searching the Physiotherapy Association of B.C.'s website.
- Fraser Health's Your Guide to Independent Living Booklet
Information on how to prevent falls and reduce injuries.
- Falls prevention brochure
Information on four things you can do to prevent falls.
- FindingBalance BC: Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition
Resources for older adults, including exercises and home safety for reducing fall risk.
- HealthLink BC: Seniors' falls can be prevented
Prevention tips to help seniors avoid falling.
- BC Injury and Prevention Unit
Injury prevention resources supporting the integration of prevention practice, especially fall prevention into the daily lives of British Columbians.
Builds awareness and understanding of the issue of injury, to keep Canadians safe at home, on the road, at work, and at play.
- Health Canada: Aging and seniors publications
The publications of the Division of Aging and Seniors are a great source of reliable information about aging in Canada.