Alongside factors in your environment such as wet floors, both physical and mental attributes (for example, muscle strength and your ability to concentrate) affect your risk of falling.
Test your balance when standing on one leg
Important: Perform this test with a person or an object (such as a chair) next to you. If you lose your balance, you can use them for support.
- Stand barefoot (without shoes) on a firm surface.
- Fold your arms in front of you.
- Look straight ahead and fix your eyes on a specific point.
- Lift one of your feet off the ground. Lift the foot only to the height of the ankle on your other leg, and do not touch the other leg.
- Start timing yourself when you lift your foot.
- Stop timing as soon as you can no longer keep your arms folded in front of you and have to wave them in the air to keep balance or use them to support yourself. Also stop timing if you have to put your raised foot on the floor or swing it in the air to keep balance. If you are still holding your balance after 45 seconds, stop timing.
- You have three attempts.
- Note your best time.