Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

Osteoporosis and Bone Loss are Preventable

Because osteoporosis and bone loss are preventable, the fact that half of women over fifty will fracture a bone as the result of osteoporosis is an amazing statistic. 

You need to take the preceding facts seriously because hip fractures among older women typically result in a nursing home, a wheelchair, or death.  More women die of hip fractures than breast cancer.

Loss of bone density begins around the age of thirty.   

We have all heard the phrase, "use it or lose it." As far as bone strength and density goes, that statement is absolutely true.

Osteoporosis is optional!  Both men and women can slow down, stop, or reverse bone loss.  Just as with all forms of exercise, you only get out of it what you choose to put into it.  

Lifestyle and Osteoporosis

I am a body of evidence to the fact that lifestyle can prevent osteoporosis. Why? At 66 years of age,  I have the bone density and joints of a healthy 21-year old due to a lifestyle that has consistently included weight training at its core. 

I began mountain biking when I was sixty-two, have flown over the handle bars several times, and fallen quite a few times. Those impacts were against rock and pavement, ladies and gentlemen.  I get cuts and bruises, but I haven’t broken.  A fall will break me, if it can break a 21-year old.

Exercises to Prevent Osteoporosis

Exercise is on the the best ways to prevent osteoporosis and bone loss at any age. However, not all exercises are equal when it comes to decreasing, stopping or reversing osteoporosis and bone loss.

Living the cream-puff life won’t do it. Things like walking or playing golf do not put enough demand on your bones to stimulate growth.  

Exercise that does not require weight-bearing impact or strength training produces very little benefit to your bones, just slightly delaying the progression of osteoporosis.

When you weight train on a regular basis, you are growing newer, healthier, stronger bones each year.  

Although both impact exercises such as jogging or tennis, and weight training help to build bone density, weight training delivers the best results by far. 

My website is not about wasting your time. Make a lifestyle commitment to include weight training 2 or 3 times each week for the rest of your life to produce the results of a lifetime.   

Weight training doesn’t just build strong muscle.  Weight training builds strong bones!

Never force your body to do anything; but always push it a little.  

Start with lighter weights 2 times per week, and increase the amount of weight gradually as you gain strength to do so.  


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