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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