Hello everyone Fancy1959 again. I I have been reading a book and it made me so excited that I've been working or should I say playing non-stop on improving my balance. To say the least the book is awesome and I believe it can benefit most of the people in this chat room. It was passed along to me from my physical therapy and everyone should go out and pick up a copy immediately. The book is titled, "How to Prevent Falls."
In a nutshell the book is made up of 6 chapters. Chapter one encourages everyone to go through a series of stretches before we get out of bed. This will help to wake up our muscles and loosen them up before we expect them to carry us safely from point A to point B.
Chapter 2, asks you to work on finding our balance point. It stresses the point of having very good Footwear that is very stable and practices our walking with our feet going head to heal like we're on a tightrope, marching, spinning, etc.
Chapter 3 was one of my favorite and it encourages everyone who has balance issues to play with a ball. Toss it from one hand to the next, toss it over your head, dribble it, play catch with someone, etc. When we focus on playing with the ball we forget about are balance issues in our body and move our body in ways that improve our balance so that we can catch the ball. How elementary and perfect is this idea.
Chapter 4 asks us to do something as simple as walking while talking on phone. To be safe when we start doing this make sure we choose the area of our walk while talking on our phone very carefully. If we walk over hazardous areas or rough ground and attempt to talk on our phone the results could be disastrous.
Chapter 5 teaches us how to relax our body as we fall to help prevent injury.
And finally chapter 6 encourages to dance with a pillow. This reminds us that dancing is a fun and valuable form of exercise. Dancing inspires our body to move in many directions, spin, relieve tension, and makes us forget about our MS if only for a little while.
The entire book is only a hundred and thirty some pages so it's not a big, complicated read. It goes fast and it's fun. I've been working mostly with a ball and I feel more confident after working with a ball only five or six days. I am anxious to hear what you all think of this book. You can find it on this website: senior-fitness.com. Those who are in physical therapy might be able to ask the therapist for a copy of the book. Mine was given to me free and has proven to be very beneficial to me.
Wishing you all a future free of falls, filled with confidence and joy, while becoming more fit than we thought possible! 😆😉