Category Archives: Strength Training

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

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

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

5 Tips for Building Balance to Prevent Falls and Fractures

5 Tips for Building Balance to Prevent Falls and Fractures

Osteoporosis and fractures are things we all want to avoid. Balance is one of the keys to remaining fracture free, no matter what a person’s bone density, because most fractures occur from a fall. But, unless we train for it, balance tends to diminish as the years go by, just like muscle strength. Here areContinue Reading

Osteoporosis Exercise Resources

Osteoporosis Exercise Resources

Exercise with bone loss is my area of focus as an ACSM certified personal trainer because many of my class participants and clients have osteoporosis or low bone density, commonly called osteopenia. As one of the four volunteer moderators on the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s online Support Community, I comment on questions regarding safer ways to exercise. If you’dContinue Reading

NEW! Free Mini-Workout Log for Your Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention DVD!

NEW! Free Mini-Workout Log for Your Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention DVD!

No time for a full osteoporosis prevention strength training workout? Try this! New Mini-Workout Exercise Log! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to receive the FREE Mini-Workout Log for my Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention DVD. You’ll also receive the full-length exercise logs for both DVDs. See the yellow sign-up box inContinue Reading

Shorter Workouts for Strong Bones

Shorter Workouts for Strong Bones

Short on time? Do shorter workouts! Sound appealing? Short, more frequent workouts can be as effective as longer workouts for strong bones! I’m often asked, “Can I do shorter workouts if I don’t have time for a full strength training workout?” The answer is, yes! You don’t have to do the whole workout at once to get theContinue Reading