Through the agesPublished on October 9, 2018

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  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron


  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

Physical activity helps boost energy, build bone density, decrease body fat and lower the risk of chronic disease, while also improving mental health.

Weight-bearing exercise & resistance training is the best way to prevent osteoporosis, especially for women:

SQUAT TO PRESS
Squat as though you are sitting in a chair, and then as you stand up, bring the weight overhead. Repeat 10–12 times.

Falling is a major contributor to hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries. To help improve your balance, work on it every day:\

BALANCE
Stand on one leg and hold it for as long as you can; use a chair or counter to help if needed. Try reaching forward and touch the opposite hand to the ground while standing on one leg. Remember to work both sides; one side will be weaker than the other.

Stretching helps increase your range of motion and slows down joint degeneration:

CHEST & SHOULDER OPENER
Standing with your back to the wall and arms up and bent at a 90-degree angle, glide your hands straight up, without lifting them off the wall.

LIANNE’S ADVICE:
Take a walk, go for a run. Swimming and cycling improve cardiovascular fitness and build muscle strength, but are not as effective at preventing osteoporosis as weight-bearing exercise.


Lianne Laing

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