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Osteoporosis and exercise: the weird, the wacky, and the wonderful

So by now, you may have reached the point where, whether you like it or not, you’ve been told that one of the most important measures against osteoporosis is exercise. Whether to avoid osteoporosis or deal with it as a current condition, it matters not…the prospect of having to hop about, huffing and puffing on […]


Better Bones: Fighting Osteoporosis with Exercise

By Lucy Wyndham A number of scientific studies have shown that exercise can increase the mineral content in bones, making it an effective treatment therapy against osteoporosis. Figures indicate that 2.4 million South African adults over the age of 50 have Osteoporosis and alarmingly around 30% of hip fracture patients will die within a year. […]


Fracturing Osteoporosis: Can I still exercise?

Once you are diagnosed with Osteoporosis, exercise becomes key in strengthening the body to help avoid those events that may result in a bone fracture. One can approach those exercises with care but also a fair amount of confidence because, after all, no damage has been done – yet.
However, once a fracture has taken place, your awareness is heightened by fears that any exercise may cause further stress to the damaged bone.


Osteoporosis and Exercise: Working your bones to better Health

Being diagnosed with Osteoporosis can be unsettling. It’s disconcerting to discover that your bones are not what they used to be, that they’ve let you down and it could hold consequences for the future. How do you care for a condition that you cannot see, and cannot really feel? There is the sudden concern that […]


Run For Your Bones: how weight bearing exercise builds bones

November is bone health month – so join us for our Family Fun Run/Walk on 25 November at Durbanville – and “Rattle them Bones”! Here’s why you should be joining us Bones are living organs, and during your early to mid-20s, your bones accumulate a goodly supply of calcium. However, once you hit your 40s, […]


5 Painless Tips for Overcoming Accessibility Issues When Living with Osteoporosis

No matter how well-intentioned a property owner may be, they may not be able to remove all hazards that could harm individuals living with osteoporosis. Unfortunately, there is very little you can do about commercial properties in South Africa that have accessibility issues. However, there are some steps you can take to guard yourself. 1. […]


Benefit your bones by early Osteoporosis prevention


Many of us fear “making old bones” for the seemingly inevitable health issues that come along with it. However, many illnesses associated with elderliness (like osteoporosis) are actually preventable. Growing old starts the day you are born and your 80-year-old body is by no means unrelated to your 8-year-old one. If you take care of […]


Love your bones on World Osteoporosis day

The National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA) is calling all South Africans to love their bones on World Osteoporosis Day (WOD), celebrated worldwide on 20 October to promote awareness of osteoporosis. Click here to open the IOF video with information on Osteoporosis and how to best prevent it. Under its theme of Love Your […]


Exercise and Bones 5


Exercise Aids Rehabilitation By helping to build and maintain bone and by improving balance and posture, exercise can play a major role in preventing osteoporosis and fractures. But exercise can also play a crucial role in rehabilitation. Remember, muscle strength and bone strength is related. Muscle strengthening exercises can help to rebuild bone in those […]


Exercise and Bones 4


Exercise Helps Posture and Balance – Prevents Falls Although a person with osteoporosis is at much greater risk of suffering a bone fracture than someone with normal bone mineral density, studies have shown that it is often a fall that causes the fracture. This puts elderly people at even greater risk of fracturing a bone […]