Osteoporosis…What is it?
Did you know that about 50% of my clients have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia?
Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from a loss of tissue. It is usually as a result of hormonal changes or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Osteopenia is a bone condition characterized by bone loss that is not as severe as osteoporosis.
How can you prevent it or treat it?
Making sure you follow a well-balanced diet that includes calcium is important for building and maintaining healthy bones.
Exercising daily…Include strengthening and weight-bearing exercises.
Do not drink large amounts of alcohol.
Do not smoke
How Pilates can help?
Pilates is a great tool to use if you have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis or Osteopenia. Pilates has the following benefits:
It is a weight bearing exercise regimen which can increase bone density
It improves core strength which are the muscles that surround and protect the spine.
It improves balance
It facilitates better posture awareness
It increases flexibility
It enhances full body awareness and strength.
BUT….Not all exercises are created equal!
Just because Pilates is a great tool to use if you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, that doesn’t mean all Pilates exercises are safe for you to do. It is extremely important you are aware of which exercises are safe and which exercises you need to avoid.
SAFE Pilates Exercises
Swan….just to name a few
UNSAFE Pilates Exercises
Rolling Like a Ball
Open Leg Rocker
Teaser…just to name a few
It is important for you to consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. When your physician has cleared you to exercise, it is highly recommended that you consult someone who specializes in working with clients diagnosed with osteoporosis and osteopenia to ensure you are doing the right kind of exercises without putting yourself at risk for injury.