After a diagnosis of osteoporosis or if you have risk factors, you should do more exercise, rather than less. Being physically active and exercising helps you in so many ways and osteoporosis is not a barrier to exercise with either EXTEND or Medau Movement, as with all classes you do what you can and adapt those that are problematical.
Taking the body through its pain free range of motion, with apparatus that work the muscles as well as challenging hand eye co-ordination and practicing balance an EXTEND or Medau Movement class exercises the muscles as well as having positive impact on mobility, flexibility, strength, and falls awareness.
Dawn Skelton, professor of ageing and health at Glasgow Caledonian University and chair of the ROS steering group that worked on the project, said: “I’ve got countless heart-breaking stories of watching people’s lives simply collapse when they get an osteoporosis diagnosis.
“They stay indoors worrying about their fragile bones, when they are perfectly capable of doing things to keep their bones strong which could add so much life to their remaining years.
“They hear ‘you can’t do this’ or ‘you shouldn’t do that’, or sometimes they’re so worried they’re not listening at all. And they end up being sedentary, losing more bone density in addition to the bone density you naturally lose as you get older."
If you want some exercises to do at home then take a look here, but you will find that we do most of them in class - to music and with like minded people!
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!