What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent disease which affects our skeleton…our bones, more commonly occurring as a result of age. The body’s process of bone building changes over our lifetime and after about 35, There can be greater loss of bone than production of bone. This damages the bone structure and consequently, our bones become fragile. As the bones get weaker there is a greater risk of breaking. To ensure that you maintain bone strength in your later years, START building bones and muscle strength NOW!
There are other risk factors which affect bone density; notably, your ethnicity, body type, the medications you take, poor lifestyle choices including lack of exercise and good nutrition, and not enough of the necessary vitamins and minerals.
However, we do know that up to about age 30 is our most productive bone season. So, start nourishing your bones with safe exercise targeted at bone strength, and healthy lifestyle choices early on. It’s essential! The more bone you build in those early years, the more likely you are to maintain stronger bones during the later years, when you could definitely use it. For those of us who are over the age of 30, and in particular, women in their postmenopausal stage, start including those exercise classes which focus on muscle strength, bone strength and balance. You can slow or even stop the process of bone loss.
Remember, it’s silent…you probably will not know you have it, until you break a bone. Don’t wait for that to happen.
TRY THIS…NOT THAT!
Not all movements are safe for those with osteoporosis/osteopenia. Flexion exercises are contraindicated. But we do need to have functional movement, so when bending down to pick up the garbage can:
TRY THIS…Hip Hinge
NOT THAT… Flexion to pick up garbage bin
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