We all hear how important it is to look after our bones as we enter midlife and beyond. ⠀⠀Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens the bones and makes them break more easily, sometimes without taking much to do so.Bone is living tissue that regenerates throughout our lives and up to 30yrs of age we generally build more tissue that we lose. After this point our bone tissue naturally starts to decrease. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As women we lose about 10% of our bone mass within the first 5 years of menopause, most probably caused by the drop in Estrogen. What can we do to help? Exercise can play a huge part in helping your bones to get stronger. As bone is a living tissue it responds well to an increase in force and load.*Weight bearing exercise is fab, this includes but isn’t limited to brisk walking, jogging, dancing, aerobics, badminton and tennis.*Strength exercises are also good because your muscles pull on your bones boosting bone strength. You could try some weight/ resistance workouts, yoga, pilates or body weight exercises like press ups/ lunges etc.This is why I love teaching my Heat® class, as it covers all the bases here, as well as the added benefits of boosting cardiovascular health (which I will do another post on), whilst being mindful of the pelvic floor!Going through midlife should be an empowering time and being informed can help you make the right choices for you.