Category Archives: Safety Precautions

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

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

Exercising After a Fracture – See a Physical Therapist 1st!

Exercising After a Fracture – See a Physical Therapist 1st!

Question: Do your 10 Tips for Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise apply to someone who has already fractured or would you modify any of them? I received this question last week on the National Osteoporosis Foundation’s online Support Community where, as one of the four moderators, I comment on exercise questions. The query came from a womanContinue Reading

10 Tips for Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise

10 Tips for Osteoporosis Prevention Exercise

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

12 Tips for Adapting the 7-Minute Workout

12 Tips for Adapting the 7-Minute Workout

Here are 12 tips for adapting exercise programs if you’re over fifty or have osteoporosis or osteopenia, using the 12 exercises in the 7-minute workout as examples. Number one, always check with your healthcare provider for guidance on any new exercise program. What works for your neighbor might not work for you. You might need individual adaptations, soContinue Reading

7-Minute Workout? Appropriate After Fifty?

7-Minute Workout? Appropriate After Fifty?

I’m always trying to find time-efficient ways to make exercising when you’re over fifty work for those who may also have osteoporosis or osteopenia. In my May-June 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Journal, there was an excellent article about 12 exercises done in 7 minutes entitled, “High Intensity Circuit Training UsingContinue Reading

Modifying Yoga for Osteoporosis Free Webinar

Modifying Yoga for Osteoporosis Free Webinar

As the years go by, especially with bone loss, it’s important to heed the safety precautions with any form of exercise. If you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis or low bone density (osteopenia) and practice yoga, be sure to watch this must-see free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 13th by Sherri Betz, PT, entitled, “Modifying Yoga for People with Osteoporosis.”Continue Reading

Swimming Good for Bones?

Swimming Good for Bones?

Swimming is a WONDERFUL exercise for muscles throughout your whole body, but usually isn’t advised as a bone strengthening exercise to prevent osteoporosis. This is because it’s not weight bearing with the beneficial effect that gravity produces on our skeleton. In water we lose around 5/6 of the body weight that we have on land.Continue Reading