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Everyone knows that exercise is good for you. It can certainly make you feel better and has been linked positively with many aspects of good health, including the strength of our bones.
The National Osteoporosis Society wants to get the message out to people of all ages that stronger bones are in their hands: that by doing appropriate weight-bearing exercise, they can help build their bone strength and reduce the risk of falls and fractures.
Bone is a living tissue and reacts to increases in loads and forces by growing stronger. Younger, active people produce more new bone tissue than they lose, and therefore bone density increases. Bone density gradually begins to decline as we age, and most of us also become less active.
Exercise, healthy eating and other lifestyle changes can slow the bone loss that usually occurs as we age, and may help to reduce the risk of our bones breaking.
Thanks to your support, we can encourage everyone to take action from an early age to improve their bone health.
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Supporter Jill Gowing took her bone strength in her hands when she received a diagnosis of osteoporosis in her early 50s. She explains:
"When I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my spine, it came as a total shock. Advised by my doctor that I was too young to start taking medication that might help manage the condition, I felt helpless.
That’s when I turned to the National Osteoporosis Society helpline. The nurse I spoke to put me at ease and explained to me how appropriate exercise could help stimulate my bones to grow stronger. I requested a copy of the Exercise and Osteoporosis booklet and started to plan a new fitness regime – trying everything from weight lifting to Nordic Pole Walking.
It feels great that I’ve been able to take positive steps to improve my bone strength."
If you’re looking for inspiration as to which exercises might be right for you, why not request your free copy of the Exercise and Osteoporosis booklet, or download one here.
It’s full of practical information on planning your exercise routine, and includes exercises you can try in your own home.
By producing leaflets, booklets and online information, reaching people through media campaigns and training healthcare professionals about bone health, the National Osteoporosis Society is reaching out to more people with the message that stronger bones are in their hands.
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Dancing isn’t only fun – it’s a great way to help build your bone strength and balance.
Celebrity patron Craig Revel Horwood has developed a dance routine especially for us, called Boogie for your Bones.
Click here to watch Craig’s video and download your free dance plan.
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