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TalentFIT: National Osteoporosis Month

May is osteoporosis month, and many people don’t know how beneficial exercise is for osteoporosis if done safely. Sitting down all the time and avoiding activity out of fear of falling and breaking a bone is the worst thing you can do for your overall health, and being active will actually make your bones stronger.

People with osteoporosis are more at risk for bone fractures, which is why the type of exercise you choose is very important. People with osteoporosis should avoid exercises that are high impact, but should perform low-impact exercises, which will help build bone density. When you exercise, stress is put on your bones, which will make them stronger over time. High-impact exercise will put the most stress on bones but may be unsafe for someone with osteoporosis. Low-impact exercise causes much less stress on bones. It is safe for people with osteoporosis and highly recommended for overall health and wellness.

Examples of high-impact exercises:

  • Running
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Sports such as volleyball or tennis

Examples of low-impact exercises:

  • Elliptical
  • Treadmill walking
  • Low-impact fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates

It is recommended that people with osteoporosis exercise multiple times a week with light weights, resistance bands, and body weight exercises in conjunction with cardiovascular exercise. If you are taking an exercise class, the instructor will be able to modify it for you to reduce the impact and stress of the exercises.

Contact TalentFIT today and let us show you how to invest in helping your employees to be healthy, energized, and focused through corporate wellness initiatives. If you are fearful of exercising, TalentFIT and MAC Physical Therapy Group can help develop a safe and effective exercise program to allow you to start exercising and improving your health and wellness.

Written by Peter MacDaniel PT, DPT, CSCS, CEAS, President of the MAC Physical Therapy Group, 14 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 400, Sterling, VA 20165

 

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