Today we are talking about Osteoporosis- a condition in which bones lose their strength and thickness (density), which leads to a higher risk of fractures.
While it is more common in older women, there are other contributing factors, which can put someone at risk of developing Osteoporosis…
However it’s not all bad news as there is a way to maintain bone strength and prevent osteoporosis symptoms…
Regular physical activity and exercise plays an important role in maintaining and improving bone density because our bones become stronger when a certain amount of impact or extra strain is placed on them.
The right kind of exercise
Specific types of exercise are important for improving bone strength.
Weight bearing exercises (i.e. done while on your feet so you bear your own weight), such as brisk walking, jogging, or skipping are great examples of easy activities, which improve bone strength. Progressive resistance training on the other hand, uses weights and/or gym equipment (in a repetitive format which becomes more challenging over time) to achieve stronger, denser bones.
Which exercises are right for me?
The specific goals of exercising for bone health change throughout life; from building maximum bone strength in childhood and adolescence, optimising muscle and bone strength in young adulthood, to reducing bone loss in old age.
At Live Right Personal Training, we can create an individualised program specifically designed to help keep your bones in top shape. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain… in bone density and strength that is! Contact us today.