OSTEOPOROSIS AND THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
Osteoporosis is a medical condition that affects around 3.8% of Australians (Australian Institute of Health and Wellbeing, 2020). This condition causes brittle bones and can result in an increased risk of fractures and other injuries. Exercise can assist in maintaining bone strength and general health for people with this condition. By increasing muscle strength and size, improving mobility and undertaking falls-prevention training, the risk and symptoms of osteoporosis are significantly reduced. Exercise also acts to strengthen the muscles around the affected limb or joint and can help protect against and reduce the rate of bone loss.
Australia’s leading exercise authority, Exercise Sport Science Australia (ESSA), states that bones “respond positively to impact activities and high intensity progressive resistance training”. In the case of individuals with osteoporosis, exercise will have the dual positive effect of strengthening bones and increasing the person’s overall quality of life and general health. It is also important that individuals with osteoporosis seek advice from their doctor about calcium and vitamin D intake and before undertaking training.
– Jackson Cockerill (Exercise Physiologist)