Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. According to the Bone Health and Osteoporosis Foundation, 54 Million American have Osteoporosis. You can learn more about resources and activities here.

Receiving a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis does not mean you can’t continue to live a life full of activities you enjoy. You can be epic and any age!

Hiking, running, walking, dancing, yoga, and strength training can and should be part of a healthy lifestyle. All of these activities are excellent ways to build bones and/or prevent further bone loss. However, it is important to understand how to move your body to avoid fracturing a bone or experiencing chronic pain. 

Many women experience pain after yoga, as a result of osteoporosis. Following cues in a traditional yoga class, even gentle yoga, can be dangerous. Traditional yoga classes are designed for healthy hips and spines. Now you need a different kind of yoga with options. You also need to be mindful how to move in everyday life.

Using blocks and a chair in your yoga practice is essential for balancing poses, sun salutations, and assisting you in getting down onto the floor safely.

Click here for a demonstration on how to move from standing to the floor. This can also be applied to every day life. Instead of folding all the way down, risking a vertebrae fracture, use the chair to move mindfully and safely.

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