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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Clumsiness
By Raymond Lee
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Everyone is occasionally fumble-fingered, less than graceful, or downright klutzy. In all probability, you are no clumsier today than you were when you were in your twenties or thirties. Getting older does not necessarily mean that you will drop more things or trip and fall more often. There are plenty of active people in their seventies and eighties who have never been tremendously clumsy and probably never will be. But if you do feel clumsier than usual, here are some ways that can help you to prevent clumsiness.
- Choose Chunky Handles
Thicker-handled coffee mugs and other specialized products also can make it easier for you to maintain a solid grasp on things. Visit a medical supply store to see all the options available or check home health-care catalogs for major department stores.
- Check Your Vision
Poor eyesight can make you seem more clumsy. Have your vision checked at least once a year or if you find yourself more fumble-fingered than usual.
- Take A Seat
Sit down at a table or on a counter-high stool when you do chores like peeling vegetables or washing dishes. That should help you become less accident-prone, because you can concentrate on what your hands are doing without having to worry about tripping over your own feet.
- Make A Grip
Wrap cork tape around the handles of your spoons, knives, and other eating utensils to reduce your risk of dropping these items. A coarse, spongy material commonly used on bicycle handlebars, cork tape is available at most bicycle shops.
- Tone Up
The more physically fit you are, the less clumsy you will be. Strong bones and muscles will help you to maintain your balance and enhance your ability to reach and grasp. Activities like gardening and walking that use the majority of your muscles are among the best exercises for older Americans. Try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day three times a week.
- Make Nonskid Fingers
It is recommended to wear rubber gloves when washing dishes. The rubber helps you to grasp and hold the slippery glasses and plates.
- Take Your Time
You will be more accident-prone when you are in a rush. So allow yourself plenty of time to do chores, drive across town, or prepare for special occasion. If you feel more comfortable taking just a step or two at a time and pausing for a couple of moments before moving on, do it. It is better than taking a tumble or bumping into a wall.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: October 30, 2007