Take Control Naturally – Be A Stork

March 3, 2014 Leave your thoughts

You can Prevent Fractures by being a stork for 5 minutes every day.  How? you ask.  Take Control Naturally with an exercise that improves balance and strength in your ankle and leg.

Falls are part of the reason for most fractures.  As we age, our strength and balance begin to fade.  This causes falls.  Falls cause fractures.  Yoga, Tai Chi, and formal Physical Therapy all increase leg and ankle strength and improve balance.  If you do not have time for yoga or Tai Chi, do this simple exercise every day.

Find something sturdy to hang on to with both hands.  Lift one leg like a stork.  Balance on the other leg.  Hold that position for 2 minutes.  Switch legs and repeat.  At first you will not last for even 1 minute, but week by week you will slowly improve.

Let go with one hand.  Try it with your eyes closed.  Open your eyes and work toward holding on with only one finger.  Grab on firmly again and try going up on your toes.  Rock back on your heel.  Add one of these items every few weeks.  By a year you will be amazed at your progress.

Limiting your Fracture Risk requires many things, including daily exercise.  Even if you also need medications, exercise is a key component. Often medications can be delayed or completely avoided if you get enough Calcium, Vitamin D3, Protein and Fall Prevention Exercises.

Take Control Naturally.  “Be A Stork” for 5 minutes every day.

Jay Ginther, MD

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