Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to a "silent thief" because it usually has no symptoms. Being aware of good bone-health habits and making some important lifestyle changes can prevent osteoporosis, or prevent it from developing into a significant health risk.
Prevention and Care of Osteoporosis
Approximately 1.4 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis, or low bone mass. One third of women over the age of 50 have been diagnosed with this condition.
Peak Bone mass is reached by the age of 20 - 25. This is the time to maintain or improve bone health! Bone mineral density starts declining gradually after the age of 35, and rapidly declines after menopause. Few women realize that they have osteoporosis until their bone health reaches the point where their bones may be at risk for breaking.
Why exercise is important for Bone Health
- Exercise build muscle strength, prevents falls, protects the spine and slows the rate of bone loss.
- Strength training improves muscle mass and strength.
- Exercise prevent falls
- Performing challenging balance exercises can improve balance and coordination, which helps prevent falls, and this in turn may prevent fractures.
- To protect the spine
- Spine fractures are often caused by forces, or “loads,” on the vertebrae that are greater than they can withstand. Exercises that target the muscles that extend your back can help improve posture, reducing the risk of spine fractures.
- To slow the rate of bone loss
- Exercises aimed at increasing muscle strength (i.e., strength or resistance training), combined with weight-bearing aerobic physical activity, help to prevent bone loss as we age.
Working with a Kinesiologist
Our Kinesiologist has specialized training in Osteoporosis and Exercise and will take you through a full screening to assist in prescribing the appropriate program to achieve your goals in a safe manner.