Exercising with osteoporosis: Stay active the safe way

How can resistance training help with your bone health? Staying acive can help fight off bone diseases.

What is Osteopenia? It is a condition characterised by loss of bone strength and is considered a precursor to osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis? It is a condition characterised by significant loss of bone mineral density which can lead to increased bone fragility and susceptibility to fracture.

Interestingly, women are three times more likely to develop osteoporosis across their lifespan compared to men. Certain subgroups are at greater risk including postmenopausal women and the elderly.

Resistance training has been shown to be a great treatment. It leads to beneficial effects on bone health, even in the more at risk subgroups with osteoporosis.

A systematic review in 2012 found significant improvements in the functional ability and activities of daily living in people with osteoporosis following resistance training exercises.

This type of training can prevent the loss of bone mineral density but also build stronger bones by stimulating bone growth.

Wolff’s law states that bones will adapt and respond to the stress and demands placed on them. Thus by partaking in resistance training, regular walking or jogging our bones are stimulated to grow bigger, stronger and more resilient!

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