The benefits of working out go far deeper than many realize. It's not only about endurance, weight loss, and sculpted bodies (awesome as they are). Working out, efficiently, also means building − and preserving! − bone mass. And the flip side, of course, is that a life without exercise results in weakened bones.
Exercise is life-changing (and life-saving!) − both from a preventative angle and for those with osteoporosis. It is never too late to improve:
In fact, the right workout will not only contribute to strong, healthy bones but it will also conserve existing bone tissue. And since belly fat is now linked to osteoporosis (correlated with increased bone marrow fat and decreased bone density), we have another critical reason to focus on health and fitness!
Workouts that concentrate on weight bearing, flexibility, and resistance training improve bone health − along with balance, posture, and muscles (ultimately preventing falls). I have over the years, carefully (and passionately!) target better bone health through these programs:
It's empowering to realize we can make a huge contribution toward our bone health − and exciting that exercise can continue to make a big difference for those with osteoporosis. However, there are some types of movement that are not recommended if you have osteoporosis − basically, they are workouts that incorporate intense twisting (like a golf swing), sudden movements, risk of falling, or strong forward spine flexion (like old fashioned sit-ups). Bottom line, talk to your doctor − because there are so many wonderful, healthy options.
Exercise saves lives. Knowing that the right workout not only reduces bone loss but also conserves and strengthens existing bone tissue, is salient for all of us! Seize the day and work it to the bone!
Reach out to me with any questions. I'd love to help you out!