Strength training is beneficial for osteoporosis as it applies a controlled force to the bones. In response, the bone will lay down new bone to increase density (1). Our team of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists can review your bone density scans and build a customised strength training program to improve your bone health (1).
Is low impact & completed with slow movements
The important aspects of your training program for the treatment of osteoporosis are as follows:
- Variable load – to get bones to respond they must be loaded from all different directions
- Double programs – to address the above point, we sometimes recommend double programs to ensure a high variety of bone loading
- Focused on the hip and spine – these two areas are the most important as fractures in this area can have the greatest effect
- Higher frequency of training – aim for three times per week although two will still deliver good results