Exercise for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is often thought of as an older persons problem, however your lifestyle habits when young and throughout life absolutely impact on the health of your bones
Clinical risk factors for osteoporotic fracture: - age >70 years - Low body weight or significant weight loss - Physical inactivity - Certain medications - including corticosteroids - Current smoking
- >2 standard alcoholic drinks daily - History of fragility fracture - Parental history of hip fracture - Low sunlight exposure (vitamin D)
Exercise can delay the onset of osteoporosis and increase bone mass. It can also reduce the frequency and severity of falls in older populations. Impact activities and progressive resistance training have been shown to be most effective, however not all modes of these activities are suitable for everyone. Seek out an Exercise Physiologist for advice.