Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps
Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter is a former Olympic diving coach and fitness pioneer that represents everything that is positive about being 50 years of age or older.
The globally renowned sports and fitness expert has spent years teaching children and seniors about physical education.
By the time she was a very young 65, she had created and run 4 different fitness corporations.
She has teamed up with Wes Fox, Jim Whiting and Dick Roberts to release this updated version of her book originally titled How to Prevent Falls, which, she hopes will give the gift of better balance, energy and independence to seniors all around the world.
“Every hour an older adult dies as the result of a fall.” That statistic was discovered from research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And incredibly, 1 out of every 3 people aged 65 or over has at least one fall each year. The leading cause for most of these falls and the sometimes deadly injuries they deliver? A simple lack of balance.
If those numbers frighten you, think about this for a minute. That does even not include the nearly 2/3 of the US population under the age of 65. Anyone can suffer the debilitating effects of a lack of balance. That includes teenagers and young adults. But most injuries related to falling happen after you celebrate your 50th birthday.
And preventing a fall before it happens is always the best case scenario.
When senior citizens fall, one of the main injuries suffered is a hip fracture. This often leads to other debilitating issues because of a lack of movement while recovering.
Unfortunately, only about half of older adults who were previously living independently before suffering a hip fracture are able to continue to live on their own just one year later.
And falls happen quickly. You stand up too fast from a sitting position, your cat or dog darts between your legs, you try to leave bed too quickly or you lose your balance in the bathroom.
The bottom line is, no matter what your age, you can benefit from improved balance.
That is exactly the idea that Doctor Betty Perkins-Carpenter has used as the basis for her empowering and instructional How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps.
While the book can truly benefit anyone, Doctor Perkins-Carpenter published it out of a desire to teach seniors how to prevent falls, while also avoiding devastating and possibly debilitating injuries. She also believes that anyone over 50 can increase their energy level while maintaining important independence by practicing easy, safe and fun balancing exercises.
How The Book Is Laid Out
How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps is available in a large paperback format, and is a quick and easy read at 152 pages.
Marketed as a comprehensive guide to better balance with 35 easy, fun, effective exercises, the book begins with an endorsement by Doctor Linus Pauling, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in chemistry and honored as one of the most important scientists of the 20th century.
The short preface is followed by Chapter 1, titled You Can Reduce the Risks of Falling.
This straightforward statement leads to a discussion which reveals that falling is the most common life-threatening hazard among seniors. And for those over the age of 85, a fall due to lack of balance or some other reason is the leading cause of death.
External factors which lead to a person falling, such as poor visibility or lighting, loose rugs or carpets, are simple to control.
And Doctor Perkins-Carpenter explains that while diminished physical abilities are a fact of nature for human beings, everyone can improve their balance by using the proven techniques she teaches.
The problem which leads to a lack of balance happens when people over 50 become inactive.
This couples with the natural aging process to limit energy, flexibility and balance, which can lead to falls.
And the doctor points out that her years of working with senior citizens has proven that no one is too old to improve their balance and benefit from the independence and energy they receive.
Chapter 2 covers some of the mental reasons and fears that senior citizens have about exercise.
Appropriately titled Don’t Be Afraid to Be Fit, this chapter creates the proper mindset so that previously inactive people can feel good about and even enjoy exercising. The doctor’s unique and self-created 6 step Balance System is introduced.
In Chapter 3, Making the Balance System Work for You, you learn exactly how to customize the simple 6 step process for better balance according to your particular situation.
What is really nice here is that this can be changed constantly in your life. You are probably going to have different balance issues in your 50s than when you are in your 70s.
Simply refer to this section and create the custom Balance System that works for you, wherever you are in your life.
Chapter 4 is titled The Balance System: Activities for Better Balance.
This is the meat of the book. For more than 60 pages you are shown specific Balance System movements and exercises which improve balance and give you more energy.
Exercises like Chorus Line are shown with step-by-step instructions and illustrations which help you perform them properly.
From the Flamingo Dance to Balance Ballet, the movements and exercises are fun and energetic, but can always be adapted to your physical fitness level and situation.
A helpful appendix closes out the instructional part of the book.
This section covers quick tips and strategies for securing walkways, providing proper lighting, bathing safely and other activities which help you minimize external causes for falling. In the afterword, the doctor reminds you that falling does not have to be an accepted fact of life for seniors.
A motivational bit of encouragement is offered as well.
Who Benefits from How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps?
This book makes the perfect purchase for all Baby Boomers for a couple of reasons.
They can not only apply the better balance principles in their own lives, but can also help their aging parents develop a sense of health and independence.
And this is a budget friendly purchase as well. Used and new versions are available online starting at around $10, so multiple purchases make caring and thoughtful gifts for all the seniors in your life.
If you happen to suffer from poor balance and flexibility, this book provides easy to follow and simple movements and exercises which you can use to lead a safe and independent life.
How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps also makes a sensible purchase for commercial applications.
Physical trainers, life coaches and physical rehabilitation experts can all use the 6 step process taught in this book to help their clients benefit from more energy and better balance.
Dr. Betty Perkins-Carpenter has written a wonderful preventive care guide in How To Prevent Falls: Better Balance, Independence and Energy in 6 Simple Steps. It is affordable and sensible, short and easy to read, and can benefit anyone that has seen their balance and energy levels drop as a result of aging.