Women sometimes contact me on their way home from a doctor’s appointment. Their bone density scan has shown bone loss and their doctor wants to put them on medication. They’ve also been told to strength train, do weight-bearing exercise, and change their eating habits. It can be overwhelming, dealing with a bone loss diagnosis andContinue Reading
Ease into any new exercise program. As you start increasing your daily exercise to help your bones, be sure to do it gradually. You don’t need to start with a huge overload. Working a little bit harder than what you’ve been doing in any activity will help your muscles safely get stronger which then creates a stronger pull on your bones during exercise.Continue Reading
The 2013 World Osteoporosis theme is, “Postmenopausal women and their bone health, Strong Bones Make Strong Women.” In their literature, they emphasize that men also need to take care of their bones. The International Osteoporosis Foundations has identified 5 essential strategies for avoiding osteoporosis and fracture.Continue Reading
“I am 59 and have been diagnosed with osteopenia. I also have asthma and cannot really do outside walking. Is there any way to help bone loss using a recumbent bike? I have arthritic knees which is why I have the bike. But I could walk through the house. What would your opinion be onContinue Reading
In a recent NY Times article, physiologist Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic suggests not missing more than two days in a row and that the best would be to only skip one day.Continue Reading
Overtraining? You mean we can get too much exercise? Yes! I often feel like a cheerleader for incorporating regular safe movement and exercise into your daily schedule to prevent fractures, osteoporosis and low bone density (osteopenia). Have fun with it! Move safely! Vary your routine! Make it social! Sometimes, however, I need to suggest thatContinue Reading
One of the four main traits that were common to the group was being active and staying mobile. They chose to do things in a more physical way, eschewing some modern conveniences. The range in mobility was huge, from a man who swam a mile in the Atlantic to a wheelchair bound woman who made a circuit in her mobile home, completing it 15 times a day. She felt that in order to keep moving, she had to make herself move to live.Continue Reading
Keeping a strong body with strong bones in the midst of a busy life can be a scheduling challenge! Awhile back, I switched from teaching my Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention classes from three days a week to two days. My class participants and clients are generally between the age of 50 and 75. Many of us weren’t feeling fully recovered with only 48 hours between our hour-long, vigorous workouts. Read more about how 72 hours seemed to do the trick.
In a progressive resistance/strength training program, fully recovered muscles grow stronger after each workout. Those stronger skeletal muscles, all of which are attached to bone, then pull harder on your bones during movement, stimulating them to slow down bone loss and possibly even grow stronger.
Other research supports twice-weekly strength training as optimal for those in the over-fifty age group. That schedule provides plenty of time for other aerobic, heart-healthy types of activities. I love to see the recent research which helps us piece together the puzzle of what constitutes, “The Illusive Optimal Fitness Routine.”
Rest assured, many varied paths can lead to good, overall fitness.Continue Reading
Besides reminding our skeletons that they need to stay strong, exercise has profound effects on health.
Why one person has bone loss and another doesn’t is very individual.
Reasons can range from:
Bone development before age thirty
Adequate physical activity over a lifetime
Are you making your New Year’s Resolutions for Exercise? If you’re joining a class that isn’t specifically for those with bone loss, be sure to advocate for yourself. Let your instructor know the movements that you need to avoid of high impact, forward bending, and twisting to the point of strain, especially quickly. Keep excellent posture and frequently check your form in the mirror. Continue Reading