The State of Colorado, Nymbl, and Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is committed to helping you stay active and improve or maintain your balance at home. Nymbl is a scientifically proven balance training app that combines fun brain games and simple body exercises to improve balance. And best of all, Nymbl free to Coloradans ages 60 and up – just visit co.fallsfree.com or download the Nymbl Training app on your smartphone or tablet to get moving with Nymbl today. Nymbl is also sharing helpful tips about balance improvement and your wellness. Today, we’re sharing tips to keep you doing the activities you enjoy, and to help you stay active as you age.
As you age, you may start to notice changes in your balance, or may have already experienced a fall. Noticing changes in your balance can feel intimidating or even scary at times, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in this journey to maintain or improve your balance. In fact, most falls are preventable – and by staying active, you can reduce your risk of falling, more confidently participate in life, and do the activities you enjoy most. Because balance plays a part in helping you do the things you love and live healthily, we’ve provided some helpful tips below.
Tips to help you keep doing the activities you enjoy:
Participating in the activities you enjoy can help you feel more independent, such as going on walks, cooking, or gardening. When it comes to doing your favorite hobbies, it can be helpful to set a routine that allows you to do them regularly. Routines create structure in your life, providing you with a sense of order. They can also give you an idea of what to expect throughout the day, which can reduce stress and anxiety. Activity goals are also a great way to maintain, or restart, your favorite hobbies. You can make a list of goals and keep it handy to motivate yourself and to keep moving and participating in the activities that give you joy.
Tips to help you stay active:
Staying active looks different for everyone, but it doesn’t mean that you need to do an intense workout, or get all of your exercise done at once. The CDC recommends that older adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise spread throughout the course of the week, and to add muscle strength training about two times per week. One way to incorporate fun and quick exercises into your routine is to do 10-minute balance training sessions, that can help you reduce your fall risk. Effective balance training teaches your brain and body to work together, also known as dual-tasking. Dual-tasking challenges you to think and move at the same time, which helps your balance reflexes and better prepares you for the world and its many uncertainties.
It’s important to remember that falling isn’t normal, and falling doesn’t have to be part of your life with the proper fall prevention and balance improvement tools. To learn more about dual-tasking, balance training, and how you can do it every day for free, visit co.fallsfree.com.
Two easy ways to get Nymbl:
1) Download the Nymbl Training app on your smartphone or tablet, or
2) Visit co.fallsfree.com to sign up for your free account today