Can regular exercise prevent falls?

The research continues to agree with the results discussed in this meta-study. (Comment Added July 27, 2016). This review looked at 31 different studies which tried to determine what role exercise plays in relationship to falls for people 60 years and older. The studies revealed that exercise for a minimum of one hour per week for 40 hours were successful in reducing the incidence of falls. As well, it appears that a frequency of three times a week was most effective, although length of the session was not indicated. The studies found that balance training at a sufficient intensity was very important, and strength training with balance training was most effective. The authors suggested that combining group and individual exercise was likely to be most effective. SOURCE: European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 10(2):95-106 (October 2013). For the abstract, click here.