Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Osteopenia and Sarcopenia
Over the past 20 years or so, an incredible amount of high quality research has emerged showing us that not only is exercise, specifically resistance training, safe for us as we continue to get older, but that it is incredibly effective! An amazing study, the LIFTMOR (Lifting Intervention For Training Muscle and Osteoporosis Rehabilitation) trial was published in 2017. This hallmark study followed postmenopausal women, all with a confirmed diagnosis of osteoporosis, as they performed a resistance training exercise protocol twice per week for 8 months. The study group performing resistance training showed superior improvements in bone mineral density across the body as well as significant improvements in muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, and balance (Watson et al., 2018, The Journal of Bone Mineral Research). A follow-up study was conducted, this time with men aged 50 & older with diagnosed osteoporosis, finding almost identical results to the 2018 study (Harding et al., 2020, British Medical Journal).
Have you been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, osteopenia, or sarcopenia? The best time to get started on building strong bones & muscles was yesterday, but the second best time is today!
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