Osteoporosis is a condition in which a person’s bone density and strength are decreased which can lead to an increased risk of fracturing or breaking bones. A person can be at increased risk for developing osteoporosis or it’s prelude osteopenia as they age, take certain medications (such as steroids, anti-depressants, anti-seizure or ulcer prescriptions) or having an improper diet.  Studies show that roughly 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis with 10% of women over the age of 60 being affected.  The good news is that medication is not the only solution to reduce or reverse the condition; studies show that regular physical activity, including resistance training, agility training and stretching can improve bone density and reduce risks for fracturing bones.  Exercises such as weight lifting, regular walking, stairs, balance and impact activities along with body weight resistance training are just some of the techniques that can be used not only to slow down, but also to reverse bone loss, increase bone density and improve balance to prevent falls.  In addition, this training also was shown to reduce the risk of falls and help maintain normal bone health across all age and gender groups.

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