Wind Trainer for Winter Indoor Biking

Wind Trainer for Winter Indoor Biking

A few nights ago, I set up my trail bike on my wind trainer, a marvelous contraption that holds the bike’s back wheel and puts pressure on it, creating resistance. When I got up the next morning and saw that it was 17 degrees, I headed downstairs to ride in my cozy basement. Wind trainersContinue Reading

Osteoporosis Diagnosis & Lifetime Exerciser?

Osteoporosis Diagnosis & Lifetime Exerciser?

Have you exercised your whole life and, unfortunately, still managed to get an osteoporosis diagnosis? It’s extraordinarily disappointing for those who’ve been doing everything “right”! It makes you wonder why some who are so active can end up with a diagnosis of low bone density (osteopenia) or osteoporosis.  Some way or another, something interfered withContinue Reading

6 Tips-How to Stay Safe on Fitness Machines

6 Tips-How to Stay Safe on Fitness Machines

Whether you’re using the fitness center in a motel or joining a gym this summer, here are tips on how to stay safe on fitness machines with osteoporosis or if you’re over fifty. 1. Check the Machine Out Before Getting On! I recently returned from California to celebrate my daughter’s college graduation. (Yay!) Our motelContinue Reading

Osteopenia, Torn Rotator Cuff, & Strength Training

Osteopenia, Torn Rotator Cuff, & Strength Training

A woman with a torn rotator cuff and Osteopenia recently wrote to ask what moves she should avoid when beginning my Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention video. Here’s my reply with tips and personal shoulder stories. My Best Advice My very best advice would be to see a sports medicine doctor and get a referralContinue Reading

Response: NY Times, “Exercise is Not the Path to Strong Bones”

Response: NY Times, “Exercise is Not the Path to Strong Bones”

The New York Times article, “Exercise is Not the Path to Strong Bones,” by Gina Kolata, has certainly created an uproar. It’s a shocking title, especially for those of us working hard to keep up our bone density. One friend suggested perhaps it was an April Fool’s joke, and frankly, I had the same thought last night.Continue Reading

Keeping Exercise Safe Over-Fifty and in Zumba Classes

Keeping Exercise Safe Over-Fifty and in Zumba Classes

Keeping exercise safe over-fifty, especially with osteoporosis or osteopenia (low bone density), can be a challenge. I often get questions about whether Zumba or other high intensity exercise classes are safe for my age group, the over-fifty crowd. Have Fun, Get Fit, But Do No Harm! When the whole class is having a blast movingContinue Reading

Snowbirds! 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trip

Snowbirds! 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trip

Heading south for the winter and want to stay fit on your trip? Long car ride ahead with visions of your fitness fading and stiffness increasing? Take heart! Here are 10 Tips to Stay Fit on Your Trips that I do on long trips—as a passenger! I do my best to keep excellent upright postureContinue Reading

Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide

Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide

Dr. Lani’s No-Nonsense Bone Health Guide is unique in its comprehensiveness; there’s nothing else out there quite like it. We’re fortunate that author, Dr. Lani Simpson, DC, took the time to put her vast amount of knowledge on bone health into a book. She details the logical steps needed to find the cause of yourContinue Reading

Ankle Weights for Osteoporosis Exercise

Ankle Weights for Osteoporosis Exercise

Ankle weights are a perfect gift for osteoporosis prevention and when already diagnosed. They will make your leg lifts much more effective for your muscles and bones. What Size to Order? I reminded my class this morning to put the 10# or 20# single ankle weights on their Christmas and Hanukkah wish list. Except for my 96-year-old client, everyone outgrows the 5# set!Continue Reading

Keep Your Bones Strong All Year Long! How to Plan for Winter Outdoor Exercise

Keep Your Bones Strong All Year Long! How to Plan for Winter Outdoor Exercise

Keep your bones healthy in all seasons! Bone density can drop in the winter because we’re making less of the “sunshine vitamin”, Vitamin D, which is necessary for calcium absorption. It might also have something to do with not getting as much exercise. As the long Indian summer fades into late fall, with one snow storm alreadyContinue Reading