Fitness Tip

Proper Exercise Can Improve Osteoporosis


According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the disease of osteoporosis is a major health threat to more than 44 million Americans.  Fifty-five percent of the people over the age of 50 will face it, in some capacity.  One in two women and one in four men will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their senior years.  According to the American Medical Association, men over the age of 50 have a greater risk of suffering an osteoporosis-related fracture than developing prostate cancer!  Experts agree that if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, you have probably lost 25-35% of desirable bone density.  If you’ve been diagnosed with osteopenia, the precursor of osteoporosis, bone loss has been roughly 10-15%.

Daily Fitness strives to defy these statistics through customized exercise programs for osteoporosis sufferers.  Because it’s possible to grow new bone with exercise that begins in adulthood, customized programs can have immediate positive effects.  Statistics show that a good strength training program can create up to 6% new bone.  Although exercise alone will not restore all bone loss, it will affect the body in ways that prevent osteoporosis-related fractures.  A well-designed program can improve balance, reflexes, and coordination, making falls less likely.  Studies reveal that combining proper osteoporosis medication with proper exercise improves bone density.  If exercise improves bone mass by 6% and medication increases it by 10%, a person can experience a 16% increase in new bone by combining the two components.

“At Daily Fitness, our personal trainers create programs specific to people’s needs,” states Colleen Daily, business owner.  “Many seniors believe that walking is the only form of exercise that’s necessary.  Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Bones respond to intensity, not duration.  Therefore, strength training must be introduced.  Not every person will begin on the machines or lifting dumbbells,” Colleen emphasizes.  “Sometimes it’s necessary to simply relearn to balance oneself, without holding on to anything.  From there, we progress to more intense exercises.  Everyone starts at a different point.  The main focus for Daily Fitness is to help osteoporosis sufferers live a fuller life, one free from the fear of falling.”  To schedule a free Personal Training Consultation, contact Daily Fitness at 623-256-7901.