Worldwide, 1 in 3 women over age 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will 1 in 5 men over the age of 50. Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle, as well as reduced muscle strength, are risk factors for developing fragility fractures. Smoking can also lead to lower bone density and higher risk of fracture.¹
So what's the solution?
Higher levels of leisure time, physical activity, and household chores combined with fewer hours of sitting help significantly reduce relative risk of bone fractures! In today's world, we do an awful lot of sitting and staring at screens.
Weight-loading exercise for bone strength
Many people with osteoporosis worry that strength training is unsafe. According to Suzanne Andrews, President of HealthWise Exercise and founder of Functional Fitness on PBS TV, this is a myth. In fact, research shows that loading the bones with weight causes microscopic damage to them, which allows the bone to heal stronger than before. We're not talking about bodybuilding or powerlifting, just simple exercises with weight that is appropriate for you.
If you're experiencing the effects of Osteoporosis, consider consulting a personal fitness trainer to show you how to safely and effectively manage your condition through weightlifting.