Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis
Exercise for Osteoporosis plays an important role in building and maintaining bone strength. Bones—like muscles—respond to the stresses placed on them. So as you strengthen your muscles with exercise, you’ll strengthen your bones, too. Weight-bearing, resistance, and balance exercises are just a few of the activities you can do to build and maintain strong,
healthy bones that are less prone to osteoporosis-related fractures.
The higher the impact of the activity, the greater the benefit will be to your bones. So, although swimming is a great exercise for cardiovascular fitness, resistance exercise or jogging will usually provide better conditioning for your bones. It is important not to rush into unaccustomed exercise too quickly, so it is recommended to consult an Exercise Physiologist to ensure correct exercise prescription and avoid injury.
Exercise for Osteoarthritis is the most effective non-drug treatment for reducing pain and improving movement. For those with osteoarthritis, the exercises need to be done correctly to avoid causing joint pain. Specific exercises help strengthen the muscles around the joints (removing some stress from the joints), improve joint mobility and reduce joint stiffness and
For most, it is very important to work with an appropriately trained Exercise Physiologist in order to learn how to do the exercises correctly and determine the appropriate amount and types specific to osteoarthritis.