I love this time of year! Cooler weather, boots, football, Halloween, Mr. Bones!
Happy Halloween! Mr. Bones is my #2 man, second only to my husband.
So, its a good time to remind you of how Pilates can keep your bones healthy and why Pilates is recommended for those with bone loss (osteoporosis or osteopenia).
Every cell in your body is living and changing–even your bones! So it’s easy to forget that working out affects not only our muscle/fat makeup, but also our bone development. Those who exercise early in life reach a higher peak bone mass before they begin to lose it. (1)
For those already losing bone density, Pilates can be a huge help, when practiced correctly. Doctors suggest weight-bearing exercise for people with osteopenia and osteoporosis. This includes any exercise that works against gravity like weight training or walking (not swimming, for example).
Pilates can help in the following ways:
- increasing muscle strength, which supports your bones
- improving balance to prevent you from falling
- improving alignment/posture to keep joints working smoothly and prevent injury
- improving all around flexibility and well-being
Pilates students with bone loss should work less with flexion and rotation exercises as this can causes compression and increase the chance of fractures. (2)
Be sure to consult a doctor before beginning an exercise program. For more in-depth information on Pilates and bone health, click the links below.