VIDEO: Fall Prevention & How to Increase Your Daily StepsClinical Expertise
Sep 14, 2021
Hello, my name is Danielle Woodruff, and I’m a physical therapist at Brooks Rehabilitation.
Today, we will be discussing fall prevention, and how to increase your daily steps. According to the American Heart Association, it is recommended that you walk at least 10,000 steps a day in order to improve your overall health and reduce cardiovascular disease.
Adding a walking program to your strength and balance exercises has also been shown to reduce and prevent falls in the future.
Here are some simple tips on how you can improve and increase the amount of steps you take in a day.
One, when coming to Brooks Rehabilitation or your other doctors’ appointments, park as far away as you can in order to get more steps, entering and exiting your appointment. The same goes for when you were grocery shopping or running errands. And instead of bringing the cart back to the cart deposit area, bring it all the way back into the grocery store.
Next, find a friend, family member or spouse to keep you accountable and motivated to get those 10,000 steps a day. And in order to make these goals and know that you’re achieving them, getting a smart phone app or a smart watch, as well as a Fitbit as a way to track your daily steps.
These are just a few of the ways that you can increase your steps. And if you have any more questions on how to improve your activity, contact your local Brooks Rehabilitation Specialist.
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