Avoid a Fall During this Autumn Season

As the air turns crisper and the leaves fall to the colder ground, it’s important to not let the autumn beauty distract you from some serious safety hazards.

Although a fall stroll through the orange, red and brown leaves is pretty and a good form of exercise, it’s very important to steer clear of paths covered in leaves. The leaves could be damp from recent rains, and one slip of the heel could turn into a potential accident. It’s easy to lose your footing and balance on slippery sidewalks.

According to the Mayo Clinic, falls are the leading cause of injury among elderly people. Still, the fear of falling doesn’t need to rule your life or the joy of this beautiful north Texas autumn season.

Before stepping out for your morning or afternoon walk, remember to wear sturdy shoes with a nonskid sole. This will help prevent potential falls. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say that light to moderate physical activity is a great way to help maintain your coordination. With your doctor’s approval – a gentle exercise that involves low intensity and graceful movements can reduce your risks of a fall and increase your balance.

If you’ve experienced a fall before and are afraid that it may increase your chances of more falls, express that concern to your doctor. There are many individualized exercise options that can improve your coordination, balance and ease your fear of another fall.

Remember, before you lace up your walking shoes, check with your doctor to make sure the activity you plan to do will improve your health condition.