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SA Falls and Fall Injury Prevention
FACT SHEET 9

STRONG 
AND 
STEADY

What types of activities will keep 
you strong and steady?
Activities that build muscle strength and  
balance will help you stay steady on your 
feet. These include:

 &gt; exercise groups that focus on strength 
and balance and include some 
standing activities

 &gt; exercise programs that have been 
designed especially for you by  
a physiotherapist or exercise 
physiologist, that you can do at  
home or with assistance

 &gt; Tai Chi or dancing.

How can you get started?
 &gt; Discuss options for activities to  

improve your balance and strength  
with your doctor.

 &gt; Ask a physiotherapist or exercise 
physiologist about activities that are 
suitable for you.

 &gt; Find out about activities close to you 
and choose one you will enjoy.

Keep active  stay strong
Physical activity is important for your health and wellbeing at any age.
Keeping active improves muscle strength and balance so that you feel good, stay strong, 
look well and enjoy life. Good balance is needed to move about confidently and safely, 
both inside and outside the home.

 &gt; Begin your new activity gradually. Start 
at a level that suits you and build up 
over time.

 &gt; Aim for at least 30 minutes or more of 
activity, on most days of the week.



For more information 
Adelaide area: Call 1300 0 FALLS (1300 0 32557) for 
information about falls prevention services that are close to you.

Country SA: Please contact your local health service for 
information about services close to you. You can also email the 
Country Health Falls Prevention coordinator at  
Health.CHSAFallsPreventionProject@sa.gov.au

sahealth.sa.gov.au/falls 
Public I1-A1 

  Department for Health and Wellbeing, Government of South Australia.  
All rights reserved. FIS: 20026.4-9 February 2020.

Who can help you?
 &gt; Your doctor for any concerns about 

increasing your activity or trying a new 
exercise group or program. 
Your doctor can refer you to other 
health professionals or any services 
you may be eligible for.

 &gt; Physiotherapists and exercise 
physiologists can help you to 
improve your strength and balance. 
To find a physiotherapist or exercise 
physiologist near you (no referral is 
needed), phone Commonwealth 
Respite and Carelink Centre  
1800 052 222

 &gt; Your Local council   for information  
on community exercise classes.

 &gt; Strength for Life 50+ Programs    
contact COTA to find your nearest  
one (08) 8232 0422. Country callers  
1800 182 324 (toll free) 
www.cotasa.org.au/sfl.aspx

 &gt; Catalyst Foundation (formerly Seniors 
Information Services): has information 
about community groups and services 
(08) 8168 8776.  
Country callers 1800 636 368

 &gt; Active Ageing SA has information 
about exercise groups, recreation  
and sports across most areas of SA  
(08) 8423 0960 activeageing.org.au/

This document has been reviewed and  
endorsed by SA Health PwC&amp;CAG* for  
consumers and the community, March 2015.
*SA Health Partnering with Consumers and Community Advisory Group

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