Osteoporosis is often referred to as the "silent disease" because it often progresses without noticeable symptoms until a fracture occurs. Aging, hormonal changes (particularly in postmenopausal women), and a sedentary lifestyle can all contribute to the development and progression of Osteoporosis. The good news is an individualised program from an exercise physiologist can assist with the management of this disease.
What type of exercise is used in the management of Osteoporosis?
· Weight-Bearing Exercises
Where bones bear the load of the body, are crucial for stimulating bone growth and maintaining density. Activities such as walking, jogging, dancing, and resistance training encourage the formation of new bone tissue, reducing the risk of fractures.
· Resistance Training
Resistance or strength training, involving the use of weights, is effective in building and maintaining muscle mass. Stronger muscles = less chance of falls and resultant fractures.
· Impact Activities
Under the guidance of an exercise physiologist, the appropriate impact activities can assist with further bone density loss and protect against falls risk.
· Balance and Stability Exercises
Balance and stability exercises, including tai chi and specific yoga poses, enhance proprioception and reduce the likelihood of falls, safeguarding bone health.
Exercise physiology is a powerful ally in the management of osteoporosis, offering a proactive and empowering approach to bone health. By understanding the unique relationship between exercise and bone density, individuals can take charge of their well-being, reducing the risk of fractures and maintaining an active, fulfilling lifestyle. Remember, it's never too late to start incorporating bone-strengthening exercises into your routine. Let an exercise physiologist guide you towards stronger bones!