Osteoporosis is a common age-related disease that results in loss of bone density to the point where they become frail, increasing the risk of fracture. The most common areas affected by osteoporosis are the hip, spine, and wrist. With advanced osteoporosis, even a small force such as bending or sneezing can cause bone collapse in the spine.
Bone density peaks around the age of 30, then starts to naturally reduce as we age. For women, the most significant decline starts at the onset of menopause with hormone changes triggering an average 10% of bone mass decline in the first 5 years post menopause.
Research has found that as little as 30 minutes of resistance exercise training 2-3 x per week helps to preserve bone mass for those with osteoporosis or osteopenia. You need to continue exercises as part of your regular routine to maintain benefits and reduce your risk of fracture in the long term.
Benefits of Osteoporosis Classes:
Increase bone density
Improved reaction time
Improve balance and coordination
Increase muscle strength
Improve physical fitness
Reduce the risk of falls
Better mood and vitality
HOW TO GET STARTED WITH
OSTEOPOROSIS CLASSES AT EASTSIDE
Although you do not need a referral to join, we encourage you to speak with your GP before starting classes. This is especially important for those with a complex medical history or a diagnosed heart condition.