May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month
May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month!
We need to start thinking about bone health at an early age. Medical conditions, medicines, and lifestyle factors can take a toll on the bones. As we approach menopause, the estrogen levels begin to decrease, and we stop producing estrogen after menopause. Estrogen stimulates the bone cells to make new bone and therefore bone loss increases.
Sadly, most people do not realize that they are losing a significant percentage of bone. It is a good idea to get a baseline bone density test before the standard age of 65 especially if you have risk factors. This test can help you assess your risk for fracture and for those of you who already have osteoporosis ask for additional testing to determine the quality of your bones.
Throughout of life, our physical activity, nutrition, and many other factors affect the our bone health. It is never too early or too late to start taking care of our bones.
Do You Need Help Starting a Safe Bone Health Strength Training Program?
I am offering a free Osteoporosis Strength Training beginner level session through the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation. Email me at email@example.com for more information and to register.
Do You Need to Change the Way You Think About Exercise?
We know that exercise can improve our health but the way we think about exercise in this country is not healthy. Being physically active should be fun and not seen as a chore or work. Do we need to take the word “work” out of workout in order to motivate more people not to be sedentary? In several European countries and a few parts of the US, people walk, bike, hike and snow show because it is enjoyable and fun. I always insist that you find an activity or sport that you like to do so it not considered work. This way you will increase your physical activity and have fun.