Osteoporosis is characterized by a loss of calcium and other vital materials related to the bones. This makes ones bones more susceptible to fracturing or breaking. Women are often more susceptible as a result of hormonal changes. It is possible to reduce the risk of Osteoporosis through the maintenance of a healthy and balanced diet that includes calcium-rich foods. Regular exercise is also vital when it comes to managing Osteoporosis. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to a loss of bone mass, and thus exercise is vital with regard to staving off the onset of Osteoporosis.
Exercising for those with Osteoporosis
For the most part, fractures mainly occur as a result of a fall. Exercising regularly can help to build up muscle strength. In addition to this, one can improve ones balance, thus reducing the likelihood that one will fall and suffer injury as a result. The rate of bone loss can also be slowed as a result of regular exercise. Regular exercise can also reduce the need for medication, and thus the better management of other health problems.
If one leads a sedentary lifestyle, one is more likely to suffer from poor balance, posture, and an increased risk of bone fractures. Exercise can prevent bone loss, conserve bone tissue, improve physical fitness, improve muscle strength, improve reaction time, increase mobility, reduce pain, and improve mood and vitality.
In order to decide on an appropriate exercise program, one should first consult with a doctor, physiotherapist, or health care professional. In order to properly decide on an appropriate program, it will be necessary to take into account ones age, the severity of the Osteoporosis, fitness, ability, as well as several other factors, such as whether or not one is taking any medication, and whether or not one has any other underlying medical conditions.
Some of the recommended exercises for those with Osteoporosis include weight bearing exercises, such as dancing. Resistance training can also be undertaken by using free weights, such as dumbbells, barbells, elastic band resistance, body weight resistance, and weight training machines. One can also undertake exercises that improve posture, balance, and body strength.
It is advised that a weekly exercise regime involves something taken from each of these types of exercise. Swimming, water exercise, and walking are all potentially useful exercises when it comes to those suffering from Osteoporosis. However, one should avoid exercise that increase the risk of falling, or those that increase the risk of forward flexion of the spine.