Yoga is something I’m a keen advocate of in all its forms. It keeps you supple, improves your balance, teaches you breathing, helps your mental wellbeing and even cuts down your headaches.
But could it help old people avoid falls? There is no doubt as we get older our sense of balance begins to wobble, we’re more unsteady on our feet, trip over more easily and have more falls.
The stats are frightening.
Nearly a third of people over 65 and over half of people over 80 have at least one fall a year. Moreover, a fall can bring on the fear of falling, which in turn can lead to further falls.
There’s no question that exercise is beneficial. In fact, it’s increasingly beneficial as we grow older.
A recent review of 23,407 participants concluded that exercise, mainly to improve balance and function, can reduce falls by about a quarter among older people.