I am passionate about exercise and especially about how exercise can benefit people with osteoporosis, osteopenia, or low bone density. However, people with osteoporosis need to pay special attention to the exercises that they practice. Exercise is very beneficial but the wrong exercise, or the right exercise done incorrectly, can cause considerable harm to you and [...]
I urge all of my clients to follow good posture patterns since good posture is the foundation of all safe movement. In an earlier blog post I presented the Reverse Fly exercise as an ideal exercise to build good posture. After posting that blog, I received an email from a reader telling me that she [...]
As the Fall season sets in (winter is soon to come), it brings with it weather that may not accommodate your regular walking (or Nordic walking) schedule. Just because it is getting cooler and wetter you should not stop your walking exercise program. In this video blog, I cover two tips to keep you moving [...]
Good posture is the foundation for all safe movement. For individuals with low bone density, osteopenia or osteoporosis, it is it is essential that they perform their activities of daily living and exercises with good posture. As a result, I prescribe exercise for my clients that improve their posture. The Reverse Fly is an excellent [...]
I have had several clients ask me whether planks and pushups are appropriate osteoporosis exercises. Just this past week an individual who started the MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones program asked me the same question. This appears to be a topic of interest for a number of people so I think that it is time [...]
Exercises need to be either strength building or weight bearing to build bone. Running and jogging are cardiovascular activities that are weight bearing. However, should everyone run to build bone? Several Exercise for Better Bones clients have recently contacted me about why I recommend that people who are in the high fracture risk category should probably not [...]
Weight bearing exercises are essential to building healthy bone. But how do you select the weight bearing activity that will both challenge and stimulate your bones while, at the same time, be kind to your joints?
What effect does exercise have on bone mass in older adults? A recent systematic review demonstrates that the effect is very beneficial, that older adults need to keep active in their advanced years to build bone mass, and that two main categories of exercise are essential (1). The two categories are weight bearing exercises and [...]
Yin yoga is a style of yoga that claims to target the connective tissue – specifically the ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. The poses involve static holds lasting up to three minutes or longer. According to its followers it has many benefits including the elimination of energy blockages and enhancement of circulation. I [...]
A number of my clients at Function to Fitness Physiotherapy ask me how exercise builds bone. As many of you already know, I am a big proponent of exercise. It helps you build bone, build muscle and leads to a better quality of life.