At age 65—a new question gets asked at the yearly physical: “Have you fallen recently?” My General Practitioner has asked this question at every physical for the last 12 years. As I needed hip surgery about a decade ago, I did fall or stumble a few times a year.
Now, with perfectly replaced hip joints and with the following exercise, I can walk with quite good stamina and with greater balance. I do this exercise daily which is practice for preventing tripping and falling:
- Stand on one foot (balancing with a hand on a counter
or chair back if necessary) and then
- Tip tap the toe of the other foot in as many spots around the stable leg as you can –side to side and front to back and all around–and
- Stomp with a flat food around that leg and foot.
- Repeat this process standing on the other leg.
I credit this exercise for being able to skip down stair cases quite confidently, happily and youthfully.