Below is a clip from the introduction to "Safe Strength Training for Osteoporosis Prevention". Enjoy!
Today, Cheryl Fusco Johnson interviewed me on our local radio station, KRUU 100.1 FM, about strength training and why it's so important for women over fifty. I'm on my soapbox after going through the facts with her! Sometimes we can do everything "right", but might unknowingly have a genetic predisposition to osteoporosis or maybe we never even reached a high peak bone mass by age 30. But, it's possible to help strengthen your bones with lifestyle modifications that you CAN do something about right now such as weight-bearing exercise, strength training, and a calcium & Vitamin D rich diet!
Cheryl was amazed to hear that hip fractures kill more women each year than breast cancer. 20% of women who break a hip will die within a year from complications relating to that fracture. Of those who survive, half will never live independently and 25% will depend on a cane or walker, needing to rely on the help of others to get through their day. The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) reports that, "A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined; a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer."
Research shows a correlation between strong muscles and strong bones. Strength training is the most rapid & effective way to get strong muscles and it’s the best type of exercise to help slow down age-related bone loss. Many people aren't sure just how to start strength training, which is why I created my video and packed it full of helpful information on strength training over fifty.