Exercise for Healthy Bones
Exercise is recommended for everyone with osteoporosis, even for those people who have had a previous spine or hip fracture. Exercise slows the rate of bone loss and builds muscle and functional fitness which can help prevent falls (and fractures).
Four types of exercise are recommended for people with osteoporosis. (1) Strength training with resistance, (2) Balance training, (3) Postural awareness and (4) Aerobic activity.
The hardest part about any exercise program is beginning it. This can be especially true for someone with osteoporosis who is nervous about injuring or re-injuring themselves.
Look for a BoneFit Professional
BoneFit is an evidence based exercise training program for healthcare professionals and exercise practitioners. The BoneFit program provides training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people with osteoporosis. The BoneFit training program was develop by Osteoporosis Canada in conjunction with an advisory committee of expert clinicians and academics in the area of osteoporosis and exercise.
BoneFit Basics training has been developed for exercise and fitness professionals working in the community with uncomplicated osteoporosis clients. BoneFit Clinical training has been developed for rehabilitation professionals working in clinical environments with simple and complex osteoporosis clients.
Healthcare professionals who have completed their BoneFit training are an excellent resource to help you incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. In Hamilton, ON Registered Kinesiologist Samantha Tonan has complete BoneFit Clinical training. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Samantha please call (905) 218-6556.