Osteoporosis (in which the bones become weak, brittle, and porous; the posture stooped with the shoulders rounded). These are just two of the problems of aging that women must be aware of and can take steps to prevent.
More women having osteoporosis or osteopenia have become interested in diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise, sports and physical activity, and methods for maintaining wellness and general fitness – about which we have considerable knowledge that they are eager to share with their patients. It's never too late to start exercising. After menopause, the pace of bone loss (osteoporosis) really picks up. Starting an exercise program can increase your muscle strength, improve your balance and help you avoid falls — and it may keep your bones from getting osteoporosis.
For postmenopausal women, regular physical activity can:
- Increase your muscle strength
- Improve your balance
- Make you better able to carry out daily tasks and activities
- Maintain or improve your posture
- Relieve or decrease pain
- Improve your sense of well-being
Exercising if you have osteoporosis means finding the safest, most enjoyable activities for you, given your overall health and amount of bone loss. There's no one-size-fits-all prescription.