Regular Brisk Walks and Other Exercise Can Help Prevent Falls in Older Women

Older women who exercised the equivalent of 30 minutes a day, five times a week were up to one-third less likely to hurt themselves in a fall, according to an Australian study published today in JAMA Network Open.

Brisk walking and moderate or moderate-to-vigorous activity were also all associated with lower risk, the authors wrote.

The findings are encouraging, though not necessarily surprising, says Deborah Kado, MD, a geriatrician at Stanford Health and co-director of the Stanford Longevity Center, both in Palo Alto, California.

“It’s good to see data that suggests that getting more physical activity is associated with a lower risk of falling. Although we often take mobility — the ability to move safely from one place to another — for granted, when you lose it, you really lose your ability to be independent,” says Dr. Kado, who was not involved in the research.

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